Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

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Milling a piece 365 photos


Milling a piece
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Well one thing is obvious, I will not get all 365 days covered in photos. This is one of my excuses, it is still build season for robotics.
Here a piece is being milled for the robot, this is part of the apparatus which will hopefully lift the robot off the playing field in the last 20 seconds of the match.
I like the detail of the milling.
Also like to watch milling.
More robotics this next week during our winter break. We get Sunday off, other than that, we work.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Robot frame Pic of the day


Robot frame
Originally uploaded by tsakshaug

Here is the frame for the robot. More to come

Let's Just Build The Thing!

Wrote this for the robotics team website and posted there, but felt it would work here too.

For many members of the robotics team is having to CAD (designing a component in a Computer Aided Design program) a piece before building. "Let's just do it, and then we can CAD", "I want to start fabrication, enough of this". And the worse part, after CADing, the piece is then placed onto the virtual robot to see where best to put it. ARRRGGGGG!

There is a real reason to do this, and at least two members of the team learned this last night, or I think they did, if they were paying attention. The students were working on the design of the robot lifting winch, they did a nice job of getting it done, and then were more than ready to make it, after all we just got a major piece of it delivered yesterday, so why not?.....But....placing the winch onto the frame, we saw that there was only a few hundredths of an inch between it and the frame members, that was a bit close. So, what to do? Simple, reopen the CAD file and change one piece. Nothing wasted, ready to cut Thursday. A little of work ahead saves money and time in the future.

A little lesson learned, not only about building robots, but hopefully about almost anything.

Monday, February 8, 2010

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

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arm belt tighten


arm belt tighten
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work on the final prototype of the robot arm. Here doing some belt tightening. The arm has three sections that will extend out and up

Saturday, February 6, 2010

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wires going into a tower-Day 37


wires going into a tower
Originally uploaded by tsakshaug

Some Cat-5 cables going into one of the network towers, these all go into patch panels from classrooms. From there into network switches and then to a fiber that runs to the main closet, which goes to another fiber and out into the world.
It's like magic.

Friday, February 5, 2010

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Dashboard zoo


Dashboard zoo
Originally uploaded by tsakshaug

The mom-mobile has had stuffed animals for longer than I have been around. There are two more than this shows.
The other day, the HS guidance counsouler gave me the Jay Ward stuffed animals. Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle J. Moose and Horse (Horse is the name of Dudly Do-Right's horse).
The cats are of course Jiff and Squeak, named after Jiff and Squeak. The other moose is just a moose. My bifocal safety glasses are in there too. Above all of this are a Tigger and a bear.
By the way, Horse is sitting inside of my Obama hat

Monday, February 1, 2010

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sun spike Day 32


sun spike
Originally uploaded by tsakshaug

First day of February, I don't think I have missed many days of photos. So let's just call this day 32. Leaving one of the buildings at work this morning, I saw this, knew it would only be there a few moments, by the time I got back in the car, the sun was poking above the clouds.