Archive for December, 2009
Occupation: Sr. Electronic Engineer
Interest: Programming, Electronics, and Mechanical Engineering
Skills: Soldering, Basic Electronics and Microcontrollers, SolidWorks 3D Design, OOP
This video is in response to the one posted here, where a Mr. Riley Porter moves a 35 pound dumbbell with his CNC. We decided to try to trump his CNC’s weight-moving ability by pushing our machine to lift and move first 45, then 55 and finally 65 pounds! We wanted to continue with the weight increases, but did not have a safe way to attach more weight to the Z-axis assembly. Our CNC build is turning out to be quite the beast. Now all it needs is a catchy name…
The CNC machine’s construction has advanced to the point where we can begin to cut items. Being a bunch of teenagers trapped in adult bodies, someone decided that we should cut a throwing star from sheet aluminum. One copy of CamBam and 6 minutes later and the star was ready to be cut! After a few adjustments and a bit snapped in half from being dragged through the metal too fast, the cutting was underway. The star took about 10 minutes to cut and was an excellent first attempt at metal production. The next step is to use the CNC to cut more precise parts for itself and help bring about the Robot Armageddon. Special thanks to our newest sponsor, CamBam, for supplying us with a free copy of their most excellent software. Note: The soundtrack to this video may change at any time as we are experimenting with YouTube’s AudioSwap feature.
Very quick video documenting our Robonova’s first steps, warts and all… A bit rough since he has yet to be properly calibrated or balanced and his battery pack is still hanging off of his back.