Friday, March 16, 2018

Week 5: Tyler is Frustrated

Because we're limited to bringing in parts all at once, this week has been frustrating. I have a small car not suited for transporting large sheets of wood, and Juan can't drive because he somehow walked through a door and cut his foot. Thankfully we've finished converting the cut list to AutoCAD. Hopefully we'll have everything in on Monday.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week 5: Juan is Dumb

So this past weekend Juan decided to cripple himself by walking through a glass door, and no I am not making this up. Due to this, we'll have to try and bring materials in on Wednesday. We have most of the materials necessary, but since it's a lot, it's difficult to transport all at once. I'm not quite sure why we have to bring in everything in one trip, but that's what it is. In the mean time, Martin suggested converting the cut list to AutoCAD. I also made sure to charge the batteries. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Week 4: Finding Some Parts and Planning the Electrical System

Today we're continuing to gather parts (outside of school) while Martin's out so we're ready to start building next week. Juan found his large variable resistor at home, which we'll be using to control the speed of the motor. We also planned the electrical system for the boat (image found below). Later on we'll add the solar panel to the design, provided we have time. Also, Juan found a very cheap propeller lying around, so we likely won't have to 3D print one. Maybe if we have time. Next week we'll be ready to build!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Week 4: Martin's Not Here So We're Gathering Parts

Today we collected all the sandpaper and the electric sander we need, and started thinking about how we'll control the speed of the motor. We decided we'll use a variable resistor (which Juan says he has). For this, we found a thin piece of aluminum we could use with the handle that will go between the different speeds. We'll continue to gather parts outside of school so we'll be ready next week. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Week 3: Design Done, Now Gathering Parts

We've finished the design of the boat and is fully approved by Martin. With that done, our next goal is to go out and buy any parts we have left to get. Once everything is ready, we'll be able to bring stuff in and start building the boat. Today we also got started with trying to 3D print a propeller, but it'll take a bit more time before we print the first version. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week 3: Finishing Design (for real this time)

After having to modify design a bit last week, we've gotten the design of the main boat approved by Martin. We'll be able to bring in materials once we have them all (meaning we can't gradually bring stuff in). We'll be looking to have all the materials ready by next week, so we can start building the boat itself. Towards the end of today we started creating a cut list to save ourselves time during the actual building phase. We also found the rods we'll be using to mount to the motor and propeller in engineering. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Week 2: Done with the Design

It's early release today, so a bit less time than usual to work. I hope you like pictures because there's a lot for today. We went to Martin to see if he can approve our design. Unfortunately, we missed (somehow) the steering on the boat 's Solidworks, so we'll add that and come back next week with the design done (for sure this time). Everything we have so far has been given a green light. Edit (2/23/18) : Here are some updated pictures with the propeller and rudders added.