For those interested, here’s what we’re working on. Updates will come for each project as progress warrants. We’ll update the list as current projects are completed.
- Prosthetics: We are proud to participate in Enabling the Future‘s 1000 Hands project. This effort seeks to gather 1000 3D-printed prosthetic hands by October,for distribution to needy individuals worldwide. We’ve produced five hands at 15 hours print time each thus far. This week we’re tackling a larger size that requires about 34 hours to complete. Makers: Brian Little, Björn Ordoubadian, and Joe Zhou.
- Gyroman: A flywheel-powered walking robot using pennies as a central weight. Hand-powered automata are a centuries-old tradition in toymaking. This lifts them to the next level, and also demonstrates how flywheels and clever mechanical linkages work together to create a complex product. Stock build of LoboCNC’s Thingiverse model. Maker: Brian Little
- Aerial Turtle Research: Are drones equipped with high-definition video cameras valid tools for biological field research? Are they more effective that ground or water-level counts? This project, involving more than 200 data-gathering flights, tries to answer those questions. Maker: Joe Zhou.
- Model Rockets: The typical model rocket is a cardboard tube with a hollow plastic nose cone, a plastic parachute, a small combination motor and parachute ejection charge, some wadding to protect the parachute, and balsa-wood fins. This project, a build of Landru’s Modular Model Rocket, tests the feasibility of a custom-built rocket made of very lightweight plastic. It also does some things that would be difficult, perhaps impossible, in traditional rocketry, like curved fins to impart a mild ballistic spin in-flight. Maker: Björn Ordoubadian
- Cannon Cam: MAKE Magazine’s design for a cannon shell designed to loft a GoPro camera. The shell is fired from a potato gun, and the footage the camera can get is quite impressive. We’re about halfway to completing this. Anyone who has built spud launchers before is encouraged to help us out! Makers: Brian Little, Joe Zhou, and Björn Ordoubadian
- Repairs: The objects we produce here can become quite complicated. The more complicated the object, the greather the chance of failure. Our model transmission had problems with weak parts and sticky operation, including a broken sun gear (the single largest part). Björn is working on reprinting faulty parts, and improving the model’s overall operation. Likewise, our build of a five-cylinder radial engine experienced problems with some smaller and more detailed parts. We want to continue using both to demonstrate our ability to produce complex objects, so repairs are in order.
Lots of new things on the horizon. Watch for more soon!