Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Layer by layer...

Today we layed the first layer of carbon fibre /epoxy on our test piece. It was a painful and difficult experience, but we learned a lot! We know what we want to do differently next time to increase the efficiency of the fabrication process and to improve the accuracy.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Revisiting the design (continued)

We gave up the woven core and decided to go for a continuous surface. We made the mold/foam core out of flat sheets. This allows for a much shorter milling time on the router.

Today Kenny joined us...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Revisiting the design

Safety is important and we were not confident about the ball joint design. A new scheme is demonstrated by Axel with this little laser cut wooden model.

After a quick stop at Home Depot yesterday evening, we were ready today for some strange spatial weaving experimentations... Were we smoking the hemp rope? We'll need other solutions to fabricate the core...

Almost full scale

Making the the first pieces out of foam core... reday to recieve a carbon fibre - epoxy skin?

Testing the redesign of the muscle end pieces with integrated air sealing and air intake for the full scale model.

Moving prototype

To try out our scheme we built a moving prototype over the weekend. We used what we could find: the core for example is made out of rods from an umbrella Peter found in a dumpster in NY.

First movement... exciting!!

The valves, batteries, the pressure regulator, air intake and outtake... were integrated in base of the prototype and we added a remote control... Ever saw a building with a remote control?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Poster entry

We presented our proposal to the judges on Valentine's Day. A pdf version can be downloaded from our project page...