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Earlier this year, GoEngineer relocated from Pontiac to a brand new office that includes a 3D printing lab and SOLIDWORKS training facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. If you’re near Metro Detroit, stop by and check out the latest innovations in additive manufacturing. Our 3D printing lab will continue to expand, but today it is home to three of the major players in the additive manufacturing space.
I acquired the Roboteurs RBX1 (Remix) robot arm from my colleague Preston Ruff who in a previous blog post, built and assembled the robot arm from a kit. The robot arm is a 6-axis robot with a pincer grip. Being an engineer and a fan of robots, I started to think of ways to improve the arm. The first thought that came to mind was that the gripper was simple and could be improved. So, I started to design improvements on my own.
My significant other is really into whitewater rafting, and she has lots of friends who are river boat guides. So weekend camping trips usually involve large inflatable boats, among other things. I’ve been on a few river trips but I am not an official river person (yet), so I’m kind of the “plus one” on a camping trip.
I will be departing on a backpacking trip into Mexico soon. If you have not heard of the term bikepacking, think backpacking, but on a bike. The main goal in bikepacking, as well as backpacking, is to reduce weight wherever possible. I have been working to come up with some better solutions to my current setup to help me hit this goal.
After much use, the Blue Microphone that we use to create all of our wonderful video content was in disrepair. The threaded collar used to hold the microphone at a particular height suffered a catastrophic failure. This connection works as a compression fitting with an inserted sleeve. While this type of fitting is very robust and commonly used for applications that require a solid connection, the material of the original collar failed to withstand the stresses.
In conjunction with the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), Stratasys created an FAA-recognized certification framework that enables the reproduction of a single part after qualification of just one part. This is a huge opportunity for aircraft component manufacturers to save time and money using additive manufactured end-use parts that are non–flight-critical.
Welcome to part two of my 3D printed drone design adventure. For a while now, I have been designing a drone frame that is to be 3D printed, and that will be able to handle the abuse that comes with first-person view (FPV) drone racing. The drone needs to be tough enough not to break into pieces if I come in contact with racetrack obstacles or “gates”.
I’ve wanted my own DYI racing drone. Having the SOLIDWORKS skill set and the Stratasys 3D printing resources to design and print my own drone frame, it was a no-brainer. I decided it was time. I wanted to start small, but I did not want to compromise much on areal acrobatic ability.