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ROV 2018 finishes and ROV 2019 begins!

The MATE ROV competition has often been one of our biggest and most intense projects, and this year came out in full force. The team really pulled together to make a fantastic experience happen, overcoming a technical hurdle and getting a great trip out to Seattle for the competition.

The entire process was challenging, at times stressful, and overall a lot of fun. Many thanks to the following people that made this whole thing possible:

Aaron Carpenter, WIT EET
Alexander Bockman, MIT Lincoln Lab
Benjamin Waltuch, Raytheon, WIT Alum
Carissa Durfee, WIT ProDevo Grant Handler
Chris Sledziona, WIT Architecture
Connor Boris, Zipline International, WIT Alum
Denise Smith, graciously provided her pool
Elizabeth Astle, Draper Labs, WIT Alum
Hydroid, allowed use of Anderson crimp tool
Ian Aucoin, WIT Student, manufacturing assistance
James McCusker, WIT EET
James O’Brien, WIT Physics
James O’hare, WIT Engineering Projects Lab
Joseph Stauss, WIT Interior Design
Joshua Smith, MIT Lincoln Lab
Kelly Parrish, WIT EPIC Grant Handler
Kenneth Curran, WIT Manufacturing
Paul Szczombrowski, WIT Architecture Master’s
Peter Rourke, WIT Manufacturing
Ryan Bakinowski, WIT Manufacturing
Simmons College, provided athletic center

The team huddles around the surface station to do some last-minute debugging.
Our ROV by the pool!
The team after a long day, but still happy to be in Seattle!
Bolting up the chassis in a hotel room after a quick electrical fix.

Burrito Launcher

The goal of this project is to design and build a burrito launcher using the concepts of railgun physics.

Incoming Members Project Meeting

We want our incoming members to have the best possible shot at getting familiar with what we can offer, and we want to get them familiar with how to use our resources as well as getting to know the community. As a result, we have our annual Incoming Members project.

Lab open to non-members

During this time, a member of IEEE will be around to allow non-members to use the lab space and its equipment.

Manufacturing ROV parts!

This week was a good week for the ROV team! They made use of the break to manufacture just about all the pieces for the ROV based off of their mechanical designs. It won’t be long now until it’s ready to be in the water!

Take a look at some of the other photos from this week:

Andrew holding up the (almost) finished product.
Andrew taking a final check of the design
Tom and DJ checking the tools.
Alyssa tightens a part in the vice before machining.
Machining the now tightened part.


3D Printing Workshop

This week’s workshop was on 3D printing.  A number of students stopped by the space we reserved in the library for a walk-in workshop. We presented a few FDM 3D printers- these printers print in plastic filament by melting and extruding while moving in the desired shape. We discussed the techniques used to design parts for 3D printing, the different aspects of the printing process, and some of the software used in this process. We also started a few prints to walk people through the process, and discussed some of the resources on campus to allow people to 3D print their ideas.

Egg Drop

Egg Drops are a classic challenge. We gave it our best shot a our most recent meeting, and had a lot of fun doing it! Each team of 2-3 people was given access to string, paper, recycled bags, and other recycled materials, then 20 minutes to build before the 3-story drop. We’re proud to report that every egg survived!