Monday, December 14, 2009

Sneak Peek

Late Nights!

Late nights have become frequent now. All of our hard work from the semester is becoming a reality now with all of our parts almost completely finished and put together.

Last Wave

With only two days to go, we are finishing the final pieces and in assembly mode. Everything is on schedule and we are getting excited to unveil the vehicle at our critique on Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Moon Buggy Final Presentation

We would like to welcome you to our RISD/NASA Moon Buggy final critique next Wednesday at 1PM in the Industrial Design building. Snacks and great design provided.

Officially 1 Week Left

With only one week remaining, we are trying to gather all of the requirements and finish successfully. We have the peripheral requirements such as fenders, simulated batteries, simulated antenna, etc left to finish also. The designs have been set and now we are down to the end.

Carbon Fiber Group

The molds turned out excellent and we were able to lay the carbon fiber successfully. The dogears to attach them to the chassis have been completely, and our seat latch is underway. The fenders have been designed as well and are ready to be next in line for carbon fiber.

Machining Group

The machining group is really pushing through the really busy weeks with a lot of confidence. They have machined countless parts with a lot of accuracy these past couple of weeks, and continue to work just as hard every single day.

Hard at Work

The group is working around the clock and doing remarkably well. The shop has officially been taken over by the NASA studio.

Staying Organized

The final review is counting down, but we are managing to stay organized through the busy tasks ahead. Everyone has found their final jobs to take on and really come through as a team.

Pulling Together

Monday, November 23, 2009

3 Weeks Left!

With the feedback from the mid-term review, we have nailed down our design and made full scale drawings from Eric's CAD model. With most of the design work done, now we are officially working as manufacturing groups:

Machining: Cliff, Rachael, Flo, Cassie, Bryan, Matt K., Eric, Seungkyun, and Matt H.

Jig and Prep: Yarrow, Fiona, and Bryan

Carbon Fiber: Krisa, Soomi, Mingzi, and Kyu

Every new group has assembled parts lists to order parts and to manufacture parts. Each group has come up with their own arrangements to finish the manufacturing for their specific areas. We officially have about 3 weeks left in the semester, with only 6 studios days together, and Thanksgiving in the middle. Our new calendar is strategically planned to finish with a little give at the end incase we need more time for assembly and final touches.

December 16th is the day!
Count Down: 23 days!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Models, Prototyping, and Testing

The original seating group spent lots of time creating a scale model of the buggy. Meanwhile, our drivers, Eric and Cassie are getting sized up on the vehicle to test the ergonomics of the seat and steering.

Concept Presentation Mid-Term

We made most of our last design decisions for our mid-term concept presentation last week, and received great feedback to help us move on to our final design for our moon buggy. This has allowed us to move into fabricating this week.
The previous groups (chassis, suspension, drive train, and seating/wheels) have divided to conquer the fabricating process. We have now switched things up to have a machining group, and jig and prep group and also a carbon fiber group. This is big moment in the semester with exactly five weeks until our due date!

T-Shirts for Sale

Our latest group photo models our new RISD/ NASA t-shirts that are now on sale. Ask a team member near you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Carbon Fiber!

We have officially started our use of carbon fiber this morning after our demonstration from Michael Beresford. The seating group will move forward with their ergonomic design and form carbon fiber over a foam model. The seats are going to shine.