Shop Day Three! A great end to the first week of fabrication

Man, Wednesday section is packed. I don't think I'll go back to Wednesday sessions unless I REALLY need the time... lots of people who didn't have labs must have come also, and the tools were in high demand, along with the workspace.


Today, both motors were successfully mounted to the base. The transmission system is complete! I am very proud of my handiwork, as it took me around 2-3 hours to get the alignment of the gears perfect. The result is worth it though - I'll post a video of the system later.


Mason managed to complete a circuit to drive the motor as well, which was pretty cool. I can't wait until the integration stage - watching everything come together is going to be very exciting!


After this, I was able to fabricate our arm using 1/4'' balsa wood. This material is great because it is extremely light and very easy to work with - all you need is an exacto knife and you are good to go. 


I also mounted the supports for the arm onto the base. Here is what the robot looks like now

And here is a close up of the gears. I think this'll be my new desktop background :P

and a side view without the supports:

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