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Archive for February, 2011

Vibratron Auger Testing

by on Feb.25, 2011, under RobOrchestra, Robotics Club, Vibratron

The initial iteration of the auger was just installed into the nearly completed structure.  Mike made some pretty creative parts that will be assembled in the near future.

These clips hold the door brush to the side of the PVC sheel around the auger.  The brush is critical because without the resistance of the bristles, the balls would just roll down the auger.  The clip on the left is different because it needs to clear the motors on the agitation assembly.

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These two waterjet parts were, as usual, provided by the generous Richie P.  The one on the left is where the 30 tubes of balls will plug into the agitation/distribution assembly.  The circle on the right is made of steel instead of aluminum.  It acts like a ring gear, and with rubber triangles along the perimeter, is driven to disrupt any balls that might be jammed at the entrance to one of the 30 holes.

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This video highlights the first time we turned on the auger after it was mounted in the main structure.  Besides showing the coolness of the auger, it also shows all the progress we made on the structure!

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Continued Vibratron Construction

by on Feb.23, 2011, under RobOrchestra, Robotics Club, Vibratron

The main structure was assembled and is now able to support all of the keys, as well as a big bucket of balls.

The sloped basin which funnels the balls into the auger:

Basin with Trapezoids

Raised key units with some main structure:

Raised Circles

One of the wings:

Wing - Single no Foam

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KDC Assignment 2: Simulated Spaceship Landing

by on Feb.21, 2011, under Classwork

For the second assignment in KDC the group needed to control a spaceship and land it on a free rotating Alien Artifact.  This was particularly difficult because the artifact didn’t have uniform density, so it would spin seemingly randomly in 3-space.  The only feedback we had on the artifact was the relative location of its 8 corners.  After observing it briefly, we were able to determine the principal axis of inertial and predict its motion using forward dynamics.  Here is a video of our lander approaching and docking with the artifact.  Note that while it looks like we just “stick” to the artifact, we are actually using thrusters to stay perfectly adjacent to it without ever making contact.

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Vibratron Structure Construction Underway

by on Feb.09, 2011, under RobOrchestra, Robotics Club, Vibratron

Metal Cut

After a bit of confusion with OnlineMetals.com, I got all 94 feet of Aluminum 1”x1” in the mail.  I cut it up into the appropriate lengths using the cool new carbide-tipped miter saw in the robotics club.  In the end, there are 54 lengths of angle that all need holes drilled in specific places.  All these pictures are from my cell phone, so bear with me…

40 of the 54 lengths needed for the vibraphone:

Cut Angle

Key Units Painted

The first attempt at painting the key units was a complete failure.  However, Megan Dority suggested that I used primer, and even picked some up for me.  It worked like a charm.  Also, Austin Buchan was able to get the group access to the Newel Simon paint booth, which was a huge help.

Key units drying in the paint booth:

Key Units - Paint Booth

Key units after drying:

Key Units - Cart

Waterjet Parts Donated

RobOrchestra founder and alumnus Rich Pantaleo came through once again for the group.  He was able to obtain a large donated sheet of 6063 Aluminum in just a few days when we needed it most.  Also, he cut out all the parts we needed just a few days after getting the sheet!  I made a few mistakes on those parts, but nothing too critical.  I had to widen half of the slots in the giant half circles because I didn’t account for the thickness of the paint and the oversized hardboard.

Completely assembled and painted key unit:

Key Unit - Single on Circle

Key Unit - Single on Circle (below)

All of the key units on their half circles:

Key Units - On Circle - Top Iso (Prelim)

Key Units - On Circle - Front Close(Prelim)

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