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Engineer

Ian R.

Area of Interest

Electrical / Mechanical Engineering

School

The Urban School of San Francisco

Grade

Rising Senior

Final Milestone

My final milestone is the increased reliability and accuracy of my robot. I ameliorated the sagging and fixed the reliability of the finger. As discussed in my second milestone, the arm sags because of weight. I put in a block of wood at the base to hold up the upper arm; this has reverberating positive effects throughout the arm. I also realized that the forearm was getting disconnected from the elbow servo’s horn because of the weight stress on the joint. Now, I make sure to constantly tighten the screws at that joint.

Third Milestone

My final milestone is the increased reliability and accuracy of my robot. I ameliorated the sagging and fixed the reliability of the finger. As discussed in my second milestone, the arm sags because of weight. I put in a block of wood at the base to hold up the upper arm; this has reverberating positive effects throughout the arm. I also realized that the forearm was getting disconnected from the elbow servo’s horn because of the weight stress on the joint. Now, I make sure to constantly tighten the screws at that joint.

Second Milestone

First Milestone

My final milestone is the increased reliability and accuracy of my robot. I ameliorated the sagging and fixed the reliability of the finger. As discussed in my second milestone, the arm sags because of weight. I put in a block of wood at the base to hold up the upper arm; this has reverberating positive effects throughout the arm. I also realized that the forearm was getting disconnected from the elbow servo’s horn because of the weight stress on the joint. Now, I make sure to constantly tighten the screws at that joint.

Starter Project: Useless Machine

My Starter Project is the Useless Machine. The purpose of the useless machine is in its name: it truly doesn’t have one. When the switch on the top of the machine is flicked from its starting position, the box opens up and flicks the switch back to its original position, and then closes again. I chose this project as I didn’t really love any of the other projects, but really enjoyed the ironic idea of a useless machine and thought it was something that would be fun to have in my room.

How It Works

The Useless Machine is composed of 3 main components: the base, the motor with its accompanying arm, and the PCB, or Printed Circuit Board. As you can see on the outside, the base of the machine is the black box, which gives structure and a foundation to the rest of the machine. The other two components work in tandem to make the machine move or work. The machine is given its purpose and basic instructions by the PCB, which features a switch, a snap switch, two resistors (100Ω and 220Ω), a bi-color LED, and a terminal for the wires of the motor and the battery pack that connects them to the PCB. The PCB routes the power from the batteries to the motor arm, with different instructions depending on the conditions of the switch and snap switch. When the switch is initially flicked, the PCB reads this and causes the motor arm to move up towards the switch. The motor arm then flicks the switch back to its starting position, before moving in the opposite direction, and stopping when it comes in contact with the snap switch. The LED flashes a green light as the motor arm moves up, and then flashes a red light when the motor arm moves back down to its starting position.

Schematic

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