Over the last two weeks, the team has been focused on troubleshooting the first prototype. The most major flaw with the first stage was the strength of the machine - when the wheels and moving parts were added to the wooden frame, it was found to be too weak to support the external parts of the machine. The mechanical team has been focused on constructing the second mechanical frame prototype, this time using a thicker sheet of MDF to fortify it and increase its stability when all the wheels and motors are added.
Other than machine strength, the first stage of the prototyping went smoothly. The electrical and software teams have been working together in order to integrate the machine’s motors with the user interface, which will be connected to the machine via Bluetooth. Much of the work of prototyping is not always physical construction, but rather calculations and simulations for various machine functions on the computer. This saves time and money, as planning ahead allows the team to not waste materials on construction of a flimsy prototype.
In other team-related news, the first fundraiser for the Dublin InvenTeam will be held at the Persimmon Place Chipotle on Monday, December 18th from 4 to 8 PM. The money will be going towards additional prototyping costs and team transport funds; please be sure to come out and mention you are there for the fundraiser. Thank you, once again, for keeping up with and supporting our team!