The very first HackWITus, Wentworth’s student run hackathon, the IEEE was there to help out by providing hardware, equipment, and knowledge. This year we were back, and with help from Wentworth’s Tech Sandbox, we provided a wide variety of tech like 3D printers, lab equipment, soldering irons, tools, and more. We also were around to make sure that everyone had the ability to use the 3D printers and other tech, even if they didn’t quite know what they were doing!
We’re happy to have been able to continue our mission of providing the opportunity to learn a variety of technical skills at this event. It was a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to coming back next year!
Control loops, and specifically PID’s, are a commonly used method of ensuring that a system is able to get to and maintain a value. They blend mechanical systems, electrical systems, code, and mathematics to create automated and functional systems like those found in thermostats, self-driving cars, robotic arms, and much much more.
In tonight’s meeting, Stephen walked us through the mathematics and theory of PID’s. He also showed us techniques for finding those critical P, I, and D constants, as well as figuring out how to apply this knowledge.
For our first workshop of this year, Stephen gave a workshop on 3D Printing. Members learned about common terms and features, what the technology can and can’t do, and some handy tricks for making the best prints possible.
The presentation started with a basic 3D file created in SolidWorks, turned it into an .stl file, put the .stl into a slicer, and discussed how to put the sliced file into our octoprint server.
If you missed it, check out the slides from the presentation, (coming soon!), or check out the 3D printing project for a bunch of people that are happy to discuss 3D printing.