I did a thing and bought a small cnc. That alone would be a bit of a win but the toolchest under it didn’t fit in my car, a nice stranger walking by noticed this and not just offered to help me load it but when it wouldn’t fit he and his wife quite literally drove out of their way to help me get it home. Very nice people.
Software project at work which has involved like a week and a half of trying to figure out how to make it work (what we’re asking of this library is tricky) is finally making progress and we’re making commits to an actual branch.
FTC teams are starting to make design decisions and should start building tomorrow.
I’ve gotten some good practice at using Onshape the last couple weeks (but still miss distance and width mates from Solidworks).
On the recreational mathematics hobby side, I was able to construct a glider synthesis of the 120P34 oscillator in Conway’s Game of Life. Scratches a similar puzzle-solving / engineering itch as robots and programming.
Appears to be a Carbide Nomad 3 in HDPE. I had a first gen Nomad 883 (serial number 00004) around for a while and even that pile of garbage was pretty nifty. They’ve since upgraded from belts(!) to acme screws, better spindle motor, actual safety interlocks, etc. Seems like a lovely machine if you’re tight on space, or to supplement a router.
This was taken in the middle of the night, with only the light from my TV. My previous phone this would have been basically a black rectangle. I don’t even know how this worked. But its great, and the TV lighting looks fantastic on Düğme the cat.
I wrote up instructions for a bumper mounting scheme that should be secure, allow easy access for quick changes and would be easy for team members with limited experience to manufacture in a repeatable way and sent it to the other mentors. If it works, we will use it next season.
I went on my first vacation in 3 years and visited my family in Vancouver B.C.
Starting from right after being picked up from the airport, I was treated to lots of great food.