Seattle Internationals 2018!

Last weekend, 45C Robotics went to the MATE ROV International competition in Seattle, representing California.

It was a ton of fun, and it was a great team-building experience as well.

Thank you so much to the CAMS Foundation for sponsoring our trip. Without their help, it wouldn’t have been possible for all of us to go.

Part Drafts

Today I created all of the part drafts for our ROV. It was actually really fun creating drafts, and it reminded me of my freshman year of high school when I took an introductory engineering class.

Custom ROV Frame

Just the other day, Joseph and I were discussing the idea of creating a custom frame for the ROV (as opposed to using a PVC frame). We ended our discussion by concluding that a custom HDPE frame would be too expensive to manufacture, as we would have to find a 3rd party to CNC machine it.

Then literally the day after, we met with a gentleman from an engineering firm who agreed to sponsor 45C Robotics on behalf of his company.

Trying Out Debian

I was getting tired of Mac OS X, so I partitioned my boot drive and installed Debian alongside Mac. All day I’ve been configuring it to my needs, and I’m very very happy with the way it turned out. I’m so thankful that I can do everything I need to on Linux instead of Windows or Mac.

Thanks Sparkfun!

After contacting Sparkfun Electronics, they agreed to sponsor our ROV team and provide us with equipment to construct our robot with. This meeting, we primarily focused on adding a touchscreen monitor to one of the Raspberry Pi’s in the control box, as well as constructing the claw that’s going to be used for one of the tasks during competition.

Assembling the claw was a little tricky because we were using a different (waterproof) servo than the one provided in the kit, but after a little sanding, it fit just right and we were able to get it working.

Thanks Sparkfun for believing in us!

ROV 11/12/17

This was one of the quieter meetings, due to the fact that most of us were sleepy.

We made lots of progress though! The buttons are done being wired, and a lot of the visual portions of our software have been updated to look more beautiful (sorry, I guess we didn’t take any pictures of it).

45C Keychains

In the beginning of the year, the team decided to get machining tools so we could construct the robot faster, and to a greater degree of precision. One of those tools is a drill press, which I setup in my garage.

I have a lot of freedom now that I’m able to machine from home, and I’m very thankful to have that freedom. Time to put that drill press certification into use!