By

Jack Williams
01
Jun

Prototype Printing Plans

After our redesign brainwave, Aaron and I immediately set about modifying our current prototype. Once we have everything in the robot, we can decide just how much length to shave off. Our current estimate is at least 2cm. The first step was to rip out the 3D printed standoffs. Once the NUC has been rotated,...
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31
May

Robot Redesign Ruminations

Aaron and I had a long discussion about the robot design this morning, and we conceptualised a new orientation for the Intel NUC to allow room for the batteries and voltage regulator while still making the robot overall a bit smaller. The current robot may be slightly too long, and half of the I/O is...
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03
May

Better Than F5

Ever since I created the S.A.R.T interface, there’s been one thing that bugs us constantly, and that’s having to refresh the page to load the stream every time we restart it. Refreshing the whole page has other unwanted effects, such as closing the SSH connection, meaning you have to log back in if you were...
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02
May

Control Panel Creation

The final pieces of the control-panel-puzzle are in place, with the arrival of our new UPS and monitor. Over the past few days, we have assembled the control panel and even started testing it too. Aaron and I first prepared the case by giving it a good clean – over the past few weeks a...
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09
Apr

Perfecting the Perspex

With the robot well under construction, we’re soon going to need the S.A.R.T Control Panel in order to test it. With that in mind, I marked out holes for fans, cables, the power button and the power LED.   After lunch, Aaron and I went to the applied tech department to cut out the holes....
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21
Mar

UPS Experiments

After a discussion with Aaron yesterday, this morning I set up an experiment to test how long the UPS would run after being disconnected from the wall. The devices I connected was the BreezeLite mini PC, the Xirrus access point and POE injector, keyboard, mouse and monitor. The UPS was able to power these devices...
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20
Mar

Filament Forever

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been running very low on 3D printer filament, only being able to print a few test prints every time a new shipment of filament comes in. Today we went on a hunt for the extra filament that we had last year. We looked in the old office, in the...
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19
Mar

Crack The Case

Our current design has the UPS sitting in the pelican case like so: Unfortunately, in order to power it on, we would need to stick a finger down into the case and press the power button. This just isn’t as elegant and sophisticated as we would like. So, I decided we should rip the front...
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17
Mar

Rebranding

The site we got our original logo from updated their commercial use license, meaning we need to update our logo. Fortunately, this gives us the chance to put some more thought and effort into it! Here’s our old logo. It represents innovation and synergy and empowerment… Yeah. It doesn’t really represent us. We had some other designs,...
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16
Mar

Cable Management

After the excitement of Christmas wore off, we started to fit all the items into the case. We discovered that some of the new items were larger than reported online, and thus everything didn’t fit perfectly inside the Treka-700 case. Fortunately, we have another option. We’ve switched around the roles of our cases, meaning the...
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