the 21st -- One word --> whoa. We are gettin down to
the wire and today we met from 10:00am till 6:00pm (well i had to come back to my
fraternity, DKE, by six; my team kept meeting). Professor Slocum is still psyched
about our toy and gave us even more ideas of improvement. Each group member
presented their section of the development to Slocum. My part was in conjunction
with Alberto. We presented the various shooter ideas and sketches and we also
presented the connectors (dont worry, soon i will have the product sketches and more
detailed information up, just need to take care of some technicalities first).
After the meeting, we split off into teams of two and continued work on separate aspects
of the project. Albert and I began construction of the shooter at the machine
shop. The little thing was harder than we expected and sooo we had to overcome some
design problems. We then met with our team again at 2:00pm to go over what everyone
had been doing and to clear up other problems. Our tubing was coming in at
3:00 pm. Albert and I went back to the machine shop and, as usual, got distracted
with making somethin else (sorry cant help it, building stuff is awesome). We started
making a prototype connector. With the aid of the machine shop experts, we found
some good material and narrowed down our choices of construction to a good solid
design. The prototype worked perfectly, now we just have to mass produce 15 of
them. The machine shop closed at 5 and our team met yet again. This time we
had the tubing. In this meeting we resolved who was doing what, how, when, and
where. Plus we chilled a little a bit, poked fun at each other, you know what i
Saturday the 22nd -- Well.... do
you remember when I said I had to go back to my fraternity by six on Friday? I'm still here.
the 23rd -- The team had met at 8am and I was able to
join them at 2:00pm. They had all the pieces of our toy all bent into shape and such
(I have a good team, I like my team, my team is tight and self-motivated).
About an hour later Alberto, Diana, and I went shopping for more materials.
Monday the 24th -- Well,
we were at the machine shop
bright and early. We worked and worked and worked. The prototype is almost
complete. It's awesome. The connectors work. The shooter (although not yet
complete) works. It's tight. I can't wait for the prototype to be finished.
Meanwhile, the machine shop closed at 5pm so we decided to break and reconvene at
8pm. Everything today has been construction so far.