Friday, October 27, 2017

Week 9 & 10: Presentation 2

This week we showcased our design iterations and some of our calculations for our project. The biggest take-away from this presentation leads us right back to the drawing board. Our support structure doesn't allow for angular adjustments. This can be very problematic when we showcase our project on uneven terrain. Thankfully, we can still continue with rapid prototyping our linear, curved and switch segments while working on redesigning our support structure. Back to the drawing board...

Presentation 2:

Week 6-8 Design Iterations and Beginning Rapid Prototyping

These weeks have been very time consuming. We have spent a lot of time focusing on the design aspects for our track. We have performed some rudimentary stress calculations for our hangar brackets to make sure that they are structurally sound. After multiple iterations of our switch design we are coming much closer to a finalized design. The support structure for our project is reaching near completion as well. Even with all of the CAD work we have been working on we have began rapid prototyping and experimenting with 3D printing our hangar brackets.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 4 & 5: Presentations

In week 4 and 5, the class showcased their plans for the semester in the first big presentation. The presentation contains details regarding the concept behind Spartan Superway, design specifications on the project, and our Gantt chart for project scheduling.

Our "1/12th Scale Track and Manufacturing Team" presentation is published below:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Week 3: Communication and Presentation Preparation

This Spartan Superway class session has been one of the most productive thus far. As a group we now have a much better understanding of the Futran system. We do not yet have any design specifications from Futran but we now have a much better understanding of the system as a whole. The entire twelfth scale team has established a method of communication. Our team is going to have to be in constant communication with the bogie team to design a track that is manufacturable and that works well with the bogie. We are also going to have to spend some time talking to controls and identify a means for positioning. We spent some time talking to the bogie team today about the switching mechanism for our bogie and we all have reached an understanding of how the entire system will come together. By the end of the class session, we have a few specifications in mind. We are going to need to communicate more with the bogie team before the presentation day so that we are all on the same page regarding design and specifications. By the next class session we will need to have our presentation ready and at the minimum, some hand sketches of our track system.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 2: Lightning Talk

This week, all of the teams presented their project descriptions, specifications, and goals through the lightning talk presentations. After the presentation, Professor Furman provided us with input regarding the assembly of the track for presentation opportunities such as Maker Faire. Thus, we implemented this goal on our project specifications. Everyone in the team stayed afterwards to speak on possible improvements for this year's iteration of the 12th-scale track and the following tasks that need to be finished for the upcoming week.


Next Week's Objectives / To-do List:

  • Start designing for the Futran Railway System
  • Finish research on the Futran Railway System
  • Contact previous year's manufacturing/track team for help and advice
  • Evaluate weak points of existing track
  • Explore possible replacements for supports

Project Specifications (Initial)

         1. Create a new 12th scale model track using the Futran rail system
              a) Collaborate with other 12th scale teams

         2. Improve manufacturability of  track components 

         3. Speed up the assembly and disassembly process for presentations such as Maker Faire
              a) Ideally, we would like a track that could be set up in such a way that once the track is held level the ground posts could be adjusted so that the track remains in place.

Lightning Presentation: How, What, and Why

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Week 1: Schedules and Contact Information

This week we discussed project specifications in preparation for our first lightning talk on September 6, 2017.

To help with future coordinating for out group we have attached all of our schedules below.

Bryan Oyan's Schedule:



Angelo Banzon's Schedule:


Kevin Brasil's Schedule:
Along with work on Sunday, Monday and Fridays from 6AM-1PM.

Contact Information:
Bryan:    bryanoyan2013@gmail.com
Angelo:  angelo.j.banzon@gmail.com
Kevin:    kevinabrasil@gmail.com