3D Printing Workshop

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.

Welcome Back!

(I used the photo of us at our booth since I have nothing else to use here…)

It’s been a while, welcome back!

It’s a new year, and we’re excited to share all the exciting stuff we’ve got with you. We’ll be introducing a bit of new stuff to make things easier for the eboard to run, for new members to join, and for existing members to get the most out of our club. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so be sure to stop by and speak up!

Among the topics discussed will be the following:

  • Re-naming our space the ‘IEEE Makerspace’ or ‘IEEE Hackerspace’, because this is a more accurate name that is less likely to be confused with other places on campus
  • Adding a more formal leadership structure, to allow for more progress to happen in the projects and to allow the eboard to better assist the teams in getting whatever resources they need
  • How we can use the website as a tool to keep members updated and to seek out funding

This meeting will be held in Wentworth 310 at 6:30, just like all other general body meetings. We hope to see you there!

ROV Project re-frames goals

Due to issues regarding scheduling, it’s been a rough start for the most recent take on the ROV project. It’s not the first time the IEEE has taken on this challenge, but this is a very new team, with veteran members graduating and new members taking over. Thanks to that, and thanks to scheduling conflicts, it’s been hard to continue progress, and the ROV team has agreed to not rush to compete in the upcoming challenge. Instead, they’ll be prioritizing basic functions like control, movement, and object manipulation, ensuring that these tasks (which are universal aspects of each year’s challenges) will be well designed and operational. This should allow for a well designed machine, rather than one that is assembled last minute (as would have been the case if the deadline for this competition was met). The ROV project has typically been one of our most intensive and demanding projects, so although this re-framing of goals is not particularly glamorous, it is a necessary part of engineering the best design.

New logo designs

We’ve got some new logo designs! These are just rough drafts, but we would love to hear what you all think of them. Click on the image to bring up the full size version.

First is the standard logo, remastered at a higher resolution and using a font more in line with the IEEE Master Brand. There’s also a new tagline, which helps give a better idea of what we do here.

Next, we’ve got a more balanced version. It has the leads mirrored on either side of the text, keeping everything better aligned and centered.

We’ve also got a smaller version, which has been compressed vertically:

In a similar category, we’ve got our favicon and filler images:

 

‘Harnessing radio waves for power’ project is completed

Earlier in the spring semester, we had a group approach us who wanted to get access to our resources so they could work on one of their in-class design projects: creating a device that could harness radio waves for power. They knew it wouldn’t be much, but were hoping that it would be enough to power small electronics like a sensor network.

They pitched their goal in a general meeting and showed some research that demonstrated that this was a technically viable project. It looked interesting and like there was a lot we could learn from it, so we were happy to give them some materials and access to the lab so they could work on their project.

In early April, they had completed their project and were ready to present. They shared their schematics and how it worked over a lecture with pizza, and showed that the voltage they received was more than they had anticipated, to the point that they are confident that this could power low-powered electronics like sensors, as they had hoped.

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Overall, it was a successful project, and one that the IEEE is happy to have been a part of. We wish all members of this project the best of luck and hope that they return next year!

Spring Semester Ends!

With classes and finals complete, we’ve finished this semester. We’ve been able to get a lot of work done- the 3D printing group has made a lot of progress, we revived the radio telescope project, started and finished a project on harnessing radio power, and more.

Given that it is now the summer semester, and most of us aren’t around, we won’t  be holding general meetings. You can sign up for our newsletter to get updates as to the next one (check out our contacts page).

Because there won’t be many people around, rather than having people renew lab access, we’ll just be extending lab access for those who had it during the spring semester. This means that if you were able to get in using your card in the previous semester, you’ll be able to get in this semester. That will all reset in the Fall semester like usual.

 

Photo credit: By Martina10 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Welcome!

This is the official page of WIT IEEE, a student branch of the IEEE at Wentworth. The IEEE is the largest association of technical professionals worldwide, and as a student branch, we are open to all students of all majors at Wentworth.

Check out our active projects to learn more about what we do, or take a look at our schedule to learn more about when we meet and what events we have coming up (all open to both members and non-members).

Interested in a workshop? Let us know!


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