Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Resin the Bar

Today in class was a fairly productive day for the build and electrical teams.  We (as the electronics team) wanted to test the accuracy of the infrared distance sensor that will be used to find the remaining amount of resin.  We have been doing some tests using water instead of resin, and they showed that our sensor may not be accurate enough.  Just to verify, we brought the current prototype into a darkroom, and tested the machine with the resin.  When the group of electrical and build team members set everything up, we realized that we didn’t have enough resin on hand to accurately test the distance sensing.  Luckily, the day was not lost, because we tested in the real resin pool. This allowed us to see how the pump works, as well as the Sylgard layer on the pool.  Both worked great, and our day became a great success.