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Tuesdays, week 5 - problems, solve-ems.

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Dee PearceComment

This week, we dealt with more nuances problems in building the bionic drill arm and vacuum extender.  we had solved a lot of big problems last week, and so now the matter was dealing with the unexpected.

The drill arm team began by working on how to get the drill trigger to be pulled remotely.  The used a combination of parachord, eye hooks and wooden extenders to come up with an initial iteration.

Jaro and Raj figure out the trigger-pull-string set up

Jaro and Raj figure out the trigger-pull-string set up

After realizing the issue with the direction of forces being put on the trigger, they tried a new method and added a few more eye hooks

Raj carefully threads the chord through the series of eye-hooks, making sure the forces on each side are balanced. 

Raj carefully threads the chord through the series of eye-hooks, making sure the forces on each side are balanced. 

It's time to test it out!

Raj gets strapped up to drill! this is his first time in the new harness setup, and he finds the heavy appendage much easier to lift!

Raj gets strapped up to drill! this is his first time in the new harness setup, and he finds the heavy appendage much easier to lift!

the tool gets inserted, and the trigger pull works! However, the drill is tough to control and Raj needs Nolans help in order to hit his mark with the drill.

the tool gets inserted, and the trigger pull works! However, the drill is tough to control and Raj needs Nolans help in order to hit his mark with the drill.

Drill arm team keeps encountering problem after problem and solving them like pros on the fly!  They use the chopsaw and drill press to get a bunch more pieces set up for next week!

They also love hats!

They also love hats!

Vacuum arm again was working in two teams, the PVC team and the backpack team.  

Vac-pack team began making a skeleton for the vacuum to sit in.

August and Festus lay out pieces

August and Festus lay out pieces

and then attaching pieces together!

and then attaching pieces together!

Meanwhile, Noe and Lindsay began to mass produce flexible PVC connections using the jig that Sophie and Noe had made last week.

Noe uses a variety of tools to cut and shape the PVC.

the whole group reconvenes to discuss future plans!

the whole group reconvenes to discuss future plans!

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