May 252012

For the final project, I have narrowed the potential project choices down to the following 5 ideas:

  1. Personal Scooter Motor Controller
  2. Source Mixing Stereo Receiver
  3. Web Enabled Cat Feeding, Watering, Odor Removal, and Play Apparatus
  4. Rocket Staging and Recovery Computer
  5. Hot Rod 3D Printer Extruder (and Gigantic Build Space)

All these ideas are freaking awesome, and I want to do them all, but I need to settle on one for the class.


EDIT: The Hot Rod 3D Printer Extruder was chosen!

Mar 132012

The Cyclonic Dust Separator project proposal won one of the 5 Seed Grants that were awarded this semester!  I will start really getting into this project next week, over spring break.  Here is the text of the email:


After slaving over the votes and grants, Dr. Forest and I have decided on five
grants for this semester. We favored the grants that contain many or all of the
following characteristics: Emphasizes invention and engineering over art; Supports
interdisciplinary design; Focuses on something new, not just a copy of something
that already exists.

The following five were chosen:

 1.     Photo Bioreactor - Blacki Milhose
 2.     Quadrotor - Justin Brotzman
 3.     Campanile-Climbing Robot - Will Borzon
 4.     Cyclonic Dust Separator - Sterling Peet
 5.     Tesla Coil - Chad Ramey

We will have a "Maker's Show and Tell Fair" at the end of the semester, where you'll
be encouraged to show off your creations, along with anyone else who would like to
show off what they made in the Invention Studio this semester.


For those of you who didn’t receive a grant: have no fear! We’ll be doing this again in the future, and we’ll be better at it then too. One of the problems with our first attempt was the generality with which the proposal guidelines were written – we’ll be more specific about what we want next time, and will hopefully have more grants to award as well.