Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Keep Working Hard

"The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything." -Theodore Roosevelt
One of the most wonderful experiences in engineering and in life is making a mistake. Recently I have made a few mistakes, slowing our accomplishments but helping me none the less. Learning that the Maker-bot was not fully functioning after all our hard work was disheartening to say the least. Through examining each component of the machine to see if it was functioning we can learn a lot more about how 3D printing works. Narrowing down which part had complications led to the conclusion that the chip that allows the nozzle to heat up did not work. It was discouraging for me especially as Paige and I did most of the soldering on the part. This has allowed me to examine my techniques and learn what needs to be done differently. Even if I had successfully soldered the chip the first time by chance I would not have learned as much through that experience. Making a mistake really implants in your mind what needs to be done and how to do it correctly.

However, for every disappointment there is a triumph. The triumph of the week goes to the Campus Security group who has successfully accomplished a milestone in their work, making the app function perfectly.
Posted by Emma Rocco