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
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.
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:
This week, Chris and Andrew talked about motors and the technologies that make them possible, like PWM. This also allowed us to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each technology and how they’re controlled.
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 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!
This week, we talked about a project Chris Thierauf worked on over the summer: digitizing spectra. We talked about what spectra are, the historical importance of this technology, and some lessons learned from this experience.
The electrical team has some schematics planned out, and now it’s time to test them before having them manufactured. Some new designs for the sensor board were discussed, and they got solenoids working!
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