Report/ Summary

Requirements of the Report

  • Report must be 4-5 pages, (not including the required Cover page, Table of Contents, or Reference Page)(no more than 6 pages)
  • Use APA format double spaced, 1″ margins 
  • What task were you responsible for the Rover project?
  • Why did you design your parts the way you designed them, Include any designs you have (pictures, tables & drawings etc. are not included in page count).
  • Did you have any issues at any point during the project?  If so what were they and how did you address these issues?
  • What was you favorite and least favorite part of the project?
  • Required: Students must research at least 1 or more industries that uses a similar product or process that you personally used on the Rover.  Tell me what process or product it is, how industry uses it, and how you adapted it to meet your needs during the Rover Project. (this section should be at least 1 page)

Week 1:

We will be working on designs that we came up with for steps 3, 4, and 5. Then pick what designs are the best for the jobs. Then go over the blueprints and see what needs to be fixed. Then by the end of the week next week we would like to have a printed part for each of the 3, 4 and 5 parts to see if they can handle the conditions that we can put them through. Critique the parts that need to be fixed and reprint with fixes. We will also have a team draw the steering in the frame of the Moon Rover.

I have contacted Cameron McWilliams for the files of the drawing of the overall rover design. Still waiting for the files to be sent to me. Worked on setting up how we can save designs and be able to save other peoples designs. I also designed an idea of what could hold the beaker. 

I have talked to Cameron McWilliams about the framework of the Moon Rover. He will be getting to me about design. I was given more parts to draw and delegated them to Tyler and Jack. I also organized folders to make it easier to save. 

Created organizational system through google docs. Broke down assignments that need completed and their due dates. Then through dialogue we broke down all 5 tasks and brainstormed what each task needs from our team to be completed quickly and effectively. Design brainstorming on tasks 3,4 and 5 specifically on sample beaker holding methods and used internet searches to bring up visual ideas.

Researched lens covers/filters/materials and prices for go pro for task 1. Created rough solid works model and stl. file of lens frame. Coordinated future access to a 3d printer to print off the first prototype next week.

            Started brainstorming with teammates on how we will handle tasks 3,4,5. I found a beaker with a removable lid that would work for our holding method. These breakers will hold the correct amount for the competition. I placed this beaker in the Material list for the rest of the team to view. I also modeled a potential holding device for the beaker in Solidworks. 

            Researched and brainstormed efficient designs for soil sample task as well as liquid sample task. Started designing and modeling the most efficient and effective sampling device.

            We brainstormed in the class and we came up with different ideas for the competition for the fastest way to scoop everything in less than 8 minutes. I searched for different designs of the scoop and the core machine. After my research I choose to draw the most efficient one for our group. 

             Brainstormed ideas for the tasks with the design team. Started designing the core sample container. Researched different soil sample equipment. Worked on the presentation with the social media team.

Week 2:

Our goal is to print the models next week and see if they will be able to be attached to the Moon Rover in easily accessible fashion.  We will be printing the box to hold the samples, the device to hold the beakers, and a core sample. From there we will critique the parts to have them work more efficiently or smoothly. Then find the places that we want to attach the parts to. We will want to be working on the color lens holder for task 1. While also finding a way to hold the camera in place as well. 

Helped keep everyone inline and on task. Then helped identify problems that we could face on the course. Then analyse the parts that Adullah has drawn to help him make a basic drawing. 

Had to fix folders and assignments so that the whole group could access. Worked to gather all the SolidWorks drawings created by the whole rover team. Critiqued the drawing for the beaker holder.

Coordinated with the drivetrain/welding team to communicate about steering methods and locations to put storage devices on for task samples.

Started task 1 camera holding device model on solid works. Waiting for camera and lens material to be ordered for specific size measurements.

Collaborate with the fabrication team and model the existing steering pinion in solidworks. Continue to collaborate with the fabrication team with modeling and making working drawings of the rest of the steering pinion. 

I calculate the volume of the core soil and draw the good dimensional object. Also I searched for container holders and came up with a deep holder, so when we dive the containers are not going to fall down. 

            Collaborated with the social media team and parts of the other sub teams to create a presentation for the NASA officials. Finished designing the first prototype for the core sample extractor.  Started working on an improved design for the core sample.

Week 3:

We will be reprinting the parts and trying to get them to fit materials that we feel are good for the scenario that we are in. We will be fixing the prints for a second time and work with them and print again this coming Tuesday and see how it will be for this Thursday.  

I was working with making the designs be able to print and where functional for the task that we had in mind. We saw the first print for the plastic beaker was not the right size so we will reprint and test it again.  

Received task 1 camera and began measuring and designing camera holder and lens holding device. Also acquired lens material.

Started 3d print for camera holder and lens wheel.

3d printed a prototype soil sample receival tool. Collaborated with the fabrication team on a steering system. Started designing and modeling a chain driven steering assembly as well as a torsion bar steering system. 

We brainstormed about the soil’s end and started printing it to test it. 

Worked on a new tampered auger design for the end of the core sampler with Abdullah. 3D printed the new part as a proof of concept. We will test the PLA prototype next week. Started working on a new collapsible handle for the core sampler.

Week 4:

Test 2 prints of the soil bit and the cup scooper. This will hopefully be the final prints and also work with designing and modifying the main rover design to the proper sizes and have it so the future rover teams can see the threads that we used.We will also have the print of the cup holder down and printed by next week as well. Which we will then see what kinks it has and work to fix them. 

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will be able to work on full assembly of the parts and test them outside. If it can penetrate the ground in the winter it will penetrate anything. Throughout next week we will be working on the steering mechanism of the rover as well. 

Worked on the design of the scooper. By fixing the diameter of the cup holder and the dimensions of the rod that will go inside. Still brainstorming on the device that will go inside for the rod. Then tested the soil gathering bit and saw that it needed to be adjusted. The slide that helps push it out was a little too small and needed to be expanded.

Worked on turning in the correct homework. 

Received 3d printed camera holder and lens wheel. Removed support material and tested camera fit. Fit was snug and good. Cut out lens material and glued to the lens wheel. Adjusted camera settings to work with the lens filters the best.

Started design of sample container holder. Reviewed the design of the camera holder and lens wheel with the team.

            Continued to work on the steering system for the rovers frame in Solidworks. We have been working on two different designs still. The torsion bar system and the chain and sprocket design .Will be showing and consulting with the fabrication team soon about these designs. We also re-dimensioned the container holder so that fits the container that we decided to use and started that specific 3D print today. 

 me and Eric tested the soil in the sand, it work fine but we need to edit on the holw dimension. 

me and Joey brainstormed and we came up with some ideas on a connector of  soil sampler and we are going to meet in the next class.

NASA HERC rulebook test. Redimensioned the auger design, so that the sample is easier to extract from the sampler. Brainstormed with Abdullah on ideas for a connector that will be used to join a rod/handle with the auger. Started designing prototypes will compare notes on Tuesday.

Week 5:

Test 2 prints of the soil bit and the cup scooper. This will hopefully be the final prints and also work with designing and modifying the main rover design to the proper sizes and have it so the future rover teams can see the threads that we used.We will also have the print of the cup holder down and printed by next week as well. Which we will then see what kinks it has and work to fix them. 

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will be able to work on full assembly of the parts and test them outside. If it can penetrate the ground in the winter it will penetrate anything. Throughout next week we will be working on the steering mechanism of the rover as well. 

            Helped 3d print 2nd core sample prototype. Discussed How the holding container for tasks 1-5 would be held on the rover, and have to wait for the seat and drive mechanisms to be installed to determine location, clearances and attachment designs.

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            Finished the chain and sprocket steering design in Solidworks. 3D printed the cup scooper for the solid sampling and it fits our sampling cups perfectly. Designed a couple different designs for seats that will be incorporated in the frame assembly.  

We brainstormed about the core sample and me and Joey came up with a shelf inside of the core sample so that can hold it. Also we 3D print it. 

Collaborated with Abdullah and finished the final design for the core sampler. New changes include making a shelf on the inside of the auger for the handle to rest on. We also changed the window on the side of the auger in order for the driver to have easy access to the core sample. We started printing off a new prototype to test once our weather conditions are met. Next week we are go to start collaborating with Eric to design a container solution for all of the samples and a handle for the flag pole.

Week 6 :

Next week Eric Horton, Matthew Argotsinger, Abdullah Aldawsari, and Joey Thering will be testing the fully filled auger bit. To see if it can handle the stress of being slammed into the ground and if this can not be done we will make it out of metal and machine it to the proper shape that we need. We will also be making a test square for us to test the scoop out. We are not sure if these containers will be able to fit in the specks needed. 

            Tyler Bartlett and Jack Fuller will continue drawing the full model to specks to then be able to turn the drawings into NASA and so that the shop has a way to look at specks. They are also animating the drawings to show how the rover will also operate. 

Worked on the auger and the scoop. We applied holes to the pipe and to the parts themselves and saw how they operated. We tested the Auger and it broke on impact. So we had to fully fill the auger to see how it operates. 

Came up with designs of handles to make for the auger/scoop design. We have come up with bike handles and metal handles that are adjustable. 

Modified plastic container holder by sanding the ring so it has a looser larger diameter fit on the plastic container. Also cut off the holder tab that was deemed unnecessary. Worked with the media team to demonstrate our 3d printers. Started ABS 3d print of the auger with mounting holes designed into it this time.

The first abs plastic auger prototype failed in the printer, but we set up the second print for it.

Collaborate with the fabrication team concerning the drive train system. Modeled both the front and rear pedal mounts, sprockets, and designing a working model of the chain and sprockets system working together. Worked with the fabrication team on picking and modeling a seat that will work for the project.  

we drill the core sample on the sides and we test the core sampler outside and we broke it in the third attempt. We are going to prit it again with a better quality. 

The first abs print of the core sampler and brainstorming me and Eric about a handle for soil and beaker. 

Took the prototype from last week and bored a hole in the prototype and handle. Tested the core sampler outside with soil. Convinced the others to break the core sampler. Talked with the rest of the team members about printing a new prototype in ABS at a higher fill. 

Reprinted the new auger model on the uprint machine after the last print failed in the CAD department’s printer. Discussed about ideas for future prototypes and possible solidworks simulations. 

Week 7:

Next week Eric Horton, Matthew Argotsinger, Abdullah Aldawsari, and Joey Thering will be machining a metal auger bit since the 3d print versions failed. We will also be making a test square for us to test the scoop out. We are not sure if these containers will be able to fit in the specks needed. 

            Tyler Bartlett and Jack Fuller will continue drawing the full model to specks to then be able to turn the drawings into NASA and so that the shop has a way to look at specks. They are also animating the drawings to show how the rover will also operate. 

I worked on making sure everyone knew what part of the ORR was being written down by. This was easy to figure out most of the people have already been working together. Drawing the clip that was needed to help prevent the rover from folding in the middle of the race. 

Work on finding what were the most important pictures that we need to have done for the ORR. I also finished drawing the clip that was needed to help prevent the rover from folding in the middle of the race. 

Retrieve ABS core sample auger from the cadd department solvent tank. Begin test fitting and trial of this version. Tested it mounted on the handle, it broke, and started design of metal auger. A 2d dimensioned drawing was produced. Started 3d printing/design ORR 

Created cad drawings for Spectrographic Analysis task. Looked into task 2 implementation and determined what needed to be worked on for it.

Collaborate with the fabrication team concerning the drive train system. Modeled both the front and rear pedal mounts, sprockets, and designing a working model of the chain and sprockets system working together. Worked with the fabrication team on picking and modeling a seat that will work for the project.  

we did a test on our new soil sampler and it failed in the third attempt. 

finish our NASA report and start planning to think that the soil sampler should be a metal and we are planning that we are going to start to do the metal next class. 

Helped test the new auger prototype. The ABS design failed and we are going to start machining a metal version soon. Started working on the revised design report. Created a prototype auger as a back if the current design fails again.

Continued working on the design report for the core sample task.

Week8 :

Next week Eric Horton, Matthew Argotsinger, Abdullah Aldawsari, and Joey Thering will be testing a metal auger bit with th edeplugger that we install into the handle. We will also be starting the storage box design.We will begin a retrofit/redesign as needed for task two instrument deployment. 

            Tyler Bartlett and Jack Fuller will continue drawing the full model to specks to then be able to turn the drawings into NASA and so that the shop has a way to look at specks. They are also animating the drawings to show how the rover will also operate. 

I worked on the metal pipe to turn it into an auger bit that we can use for the project. 

I work on the metal auger today to make it less sharp and to find an easy way to remove the core without using your finger.This was found very easily by using the rod that holds it on and push it out. 

Finish up ORR for task 1. Also modified the ultimaker settings and started printing carbon fiber auger.

Coordinate with JT for task video. Tested carbon fiber and steel pipe auger prototypes. Brainstormed storage box concept, as well as de plugging device for augur task.

Finished the Solidworks assembly model of the rover. Sent files and pictures of it to various other teammates and Dr.Long so that it will be included in the report. 

Working on creating an animation of the rover to show all the working/moving components. Designed and 3D printed a cap that will cover the end of the sampling rod so that dirt won’t get inside the rod. 

we did a metal core soil sampler and tested it which was strong and works good. Also we did 3D print another soil sampler with different material.

we test the 3D printed soil sampler and it works well but the metal works better than the 3D. Also brainstormed how to get the mud out of the soil in a fast way. 

Worked with Abdullah on finishing the design report for the core auger. Talked about future designs for auger and started work on chamfered auger.

Finished chamfered auger. Tested out the carbon fiber auger and made sure that the metal auger still works. Talked about the liquid sampler and containers for the rover. Discussed solutions to get the sample out of the core auger.

Week 9:

We will complete the design and begin fabrication of the storage container 

Brainstormed storage container device ideas. Prepared for ORR Presentation.

Gave ORR presentation, and answered 3d printing design questions from the nasa engineers that were on the call.

Finished the Solidworks assembly model of the rover. Sent files and pictures of it to various other teammates and Dr.Long so that it will be included in the report. Working on creating an animation of the rover to show all the working/moving components. Designed and 3D printed a cap that will cover the end of the sampling rod so that dirt won’t get inside the rod. 

Finished the animation of the rover to show all of the working/moving components. I created a MP4 file of this and sent it to JT so that it can be included in the ORR presentation that happened today. Further discussed possibilities for a storage box on the rover. 

Worked with Abdullah on possibile designs for the storage box. Talked about different methods and connectors that will keep the box secured to the rover. Helped Matthew prepare for the presentation on Thursday.

Talked with Abdullah about dimensions, materials, and how to manufacture the storage box. Collaborated and discussed with other sub teams about their needs and future plans. 

Week 10:

We will complete the design and begin fabrication of the storage container. From which we will make out of metal for the fact that it will be too weak to use any other material. We need to have the slots be at a specific depth to allow easy access and allow for it not to be able to fall out. There will also be the flag slot needed to be added to the box as well. 

I had to be briefed on what was going on since I was gone the previous week. From there I started threading nuts so that we can attach a storage box to the frame of the rover.

Designed storage box components, began fabrication of the steel L bracket that holds the storage box to the rover.

Coordinated with Tyler and Jack to machine the storage box bracket and also coordinated with Joey and Abdullah to machine the pole mounting pipe. I designed the layout for the sheet metal storage box and container holder to be cut out on the water jet.

Talked with the fabrication team and printed pictures of the drivetrain system from our Solidworks model. Assisted Matthew Argotsinger with fabricating the storage box. 

Jack and I finished machining the steel L bracket for the storage box. 

me and Joey found a pipe to cut to make a flagstand, we cut it by a horizontal bandsaw. 

Talked about different flagstand mounts. Inspected the metal piping inventory and found materials to create flagstand. Designed a flag stand for inside the box. Learned how to use the horizontal bandsaw / cold bandsaw and made a flagstand with Abdullah.

Week 11:

Next week we would like to have the box finished. This way we will be able to assemble it to the back of the frame. We need to waterjet the shape of the box out and be able to weld or bolt the box to the metal platform that we cut out. 

Work on making threading for bolts that are going to be used on the box that holds all the material samples. 

Searched for material to use for the box. All the material we have has galvanized or aluminum. So we either have to sand blast and remove the galvanized or buy more material to make the box. 

Shot video for task 4 & 5 for competition requirement. Test fit storage box bracket. Started to make bracket holes large diameter for clearance and looser tolerance fit. 

 Helped upload implement video to social media, discussed more design of the storage box. 

Adjusted the solid soil sample plug in solidworks so that it is an interference fit and will not come loose while in use. Reprinted and tested the plug. 

start working on final report 

Discussed about the design for the storage box. Shot video for task 4 and 5 for the competition requirements. Learned about how to thread the hex bolts for the bracket.

Discussed the final report and presentation. Started working on the final report. Conferred with other teams about their needs and progress. Talked about methods to cut out the box.