We have received all electrical components and are now waiting on our 80/20 supports and 3D printed parts to be delivered. Coding for the lift is taking longer than anticipated as we have run into a few obstacles we have not understood. We have moved our delivery date to Nov 13th. We are hoping we can meet that date.
We have decided what materials we need to order: Electronics for controlling the stepper motor, some additional 80/20 pieces, and a brake clamp. Next steps are just approval and ordering so we can begin building as soon as we receive them. We have also finally received documentation from the previous team, which has been very helpful in understanding their ideas.
In the Spring 2017 documentation, we realized they had completed the switch controlled lift function. Unfortunately, that component of the table was destroyed/stolen when we picked up the project this year. Preservation of their project would have allowed for more progress with our team, so it is unfortunate that we have to re-do work they had already completed. However, we are taking the opportunity to make the automation slightly better, by adding a joystick for more ease of use and adding limit switches to make sure it can stop at any point.
Where we are hoping to be by Oct 31:
- Lack of documentation from previous group
- Brainstormed starting original table from scratch, using Fall 2016 ideas
- Decided, due to budget and time constraints, to instead rebuild/enhance Spring 2016’s table
Accomplished in September:
- Meeting with Jonah Gutierrez (Project Partner) to understand his goals for table
- Taken inventory of all usable parts from original table
- Brainstormed for original design ideas to enhance stability and tilt functionality
- Decided on final design, working with original table parts
- Detailed project plan to deliver table by November 8th, 2017
Goals for October:
- Complete building base
- Add switch to actuators (lift only)
- Build horizontal table supports
- Begin working on tilt function
- Continue detailing manual of our work for future teams