Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Throughout this week although it may be spring break, the work never stopped. This week I will be picking up my reimbursement check for previous parts bought and I will be able to buy the remaining wheels mentioned in the previous blog. I looked into other Alternatives but the nylon wheels currently in our possession are the best option due to cost efficiency. There maybe other alternatives to improve the bogie in the further future but we are concern with functionality and the nylon wheels are sufficient for our purpose. Im also looking to find some steel stock to better our current adjustable aluminum blocks. They can be made to have a tighter fit and prevent any failures as steel is stronger than aluminum. Also, the 12th scale sub-teams will be busy with the Paseo thus the I began preparing to do presentation 2 first this week as well.  


Throughout this week, assembling of the bogie was done. I was able to set the bogie on the rails to visualize whether new adjustments were necessary. Also, I began to research for wheels which will be necessary since the guiding wheels were replaced with a bigger diameter wheel. The guide wheels were replaced by the white bigger Nylon wheels currently at the shop. Therefore I began searching for the right wheels and order them as soon as possible. The wheels are the last remaining parts we will need to order thus, the project is almost complete. Though the entire bogie is already at the shot so other sub-teams can implement and test their parts.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Throughout this week I spend quite a bit of days in techshop building our current bogie as well as waiting for the final parts of our design. I obtained the gears, pulleys and timing belts that will be part of our steering system and will be implemented soon. The goal is to ensure that all the components of our steering works as predicted. Also, during this week I finalize some techShop classes that will allow me to use the mill machine and build some of our parts which can be better designed in order to have a sturdier steering components. Also, measurements were taken when the bogie was placed in the track in order to finally weld the last components in place. Also, I've been researching some wheels as we may need a few extra. Overall, this week has been very productive.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Throughout this week, I met with Michael to work on our project at TechShop. The goal is to finish the bogie as soon as possible to let other teams, dependent on ourselves,  test their parts on our system. I also was able to order the last parts necessary for the steering system. The parts will be shipped from California thus they will arrive shortly. As soon as the parts arrive, the steering system will be put in place and it will be ready for testing.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


During this week, I went to the celebration of research to show the purpose and the basis of the project we are currently working on. It was an excellent experience to witness just how important the project is and how people react to such advancements. The many reactions gave me a sense of great motivation to successfully complete the project. Also, TechShop access was granted and I am just waiting on the access codes to add any classes and began manufacturing of the remaining parts. Some parts, fasteners, will be order soon to have most parts at hand. All efforts are to be done in a manner where we will be able to make the deadlines imposed.


During this week acquiring access to the shops was of most importance to begin the manufacturing of the parts. The forms required to have access to the shop in campus and tequShop were submitted. Also, before ordering the last remaining parts, I began checking the design of the steering system in order to make sure that the components will work well and any interference with the rails will be avoided. It was a difficult task to mate the different components in solid works. In every attempt a error existed while mating the timing belt as well as the slot component of the steering system. Ultimately with the assistance of Michael, he was able to figure out the problem and find the solution to successfully acquire motion in Solidworks. With such advancement I will be able to asses the adjustments necessary to fix any problems.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


During the winter break and all the way through February 8, I began to double check our current design to ensure that any calculations or any other aspect of the project were correct. Always checking for errors is a good way to keep the design in the right track. In the first week of spring 2017, the manufacturing has began. I will be taking care and manufacturing the numerous shafts in the design. I began by submitting the application in order to have access to Teq. Shop. The shop will be our main place of work. Also, access to the sjsu shop will also be obtain to ensure the constant availability of the machines necessary for the project. A list of materials and priority was made to maintain everything on track. As soon as I obtain access to the shops mentioned I will began working on the parts I will be manufacturing. At the moment I will be looking into the dynamics of the steering  in CAD and making sure that the design works properly before buying some major remaining parts. Eventually, the remaining parts will be order to implement into the system. Some parts, fasteners for example, will be order soon.