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March 2016

Video feedback – Get free filament!

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We want to gather some user video content for an upcoming video. Please upload a feedback video on YouTube or similar and post a link in our forum. Obviously we will only use positive video, if we use a part of the video entered in this edit we might send you some free filament. We want good stuff and are prepared to be generous in return.

Responding to questions below is optional but will help a lot. Some repeat but a varied response will be useful. Video entered may be used in our marketing.

  1. Please introduce yourself and respond directly to camera, use short complete answers which refer to the subject in the question; What involvement do you have with Robox?
  2. What do you use Robox for?
  3. How are other people using Robox?
  4. How do you know so much about Robox?
  5. What is the general feeling about Robox from users? Is there something which they are particularly pleased with?
  6. Why would someone choose Robox?
  7. Can you explain the Robox headlock system?
  8. Which features make Robox stand out?
  9. How does Robox change the way you do things?
  10. What type of person or company would use Robox?
  11. Robox development started in 2012; Which part of Robox development or support do you think has made the most difference to Robox for the users you mentioned in the previous question?
  12. Robox was aimed at a wide audience, the intelligent consumer; What is it about Robox which made this successful?
  13. This year we are developing features which will benefit all our users but are specifically for professional users and education; What would make Robox a good choice for these users?
  14. The stylus cutter / pen plotter is in development, please mention this; What would you or the users you speak with like as a future head?
  15. The stylus cutter head can also hold a pen in several orientations; What sort of things can be created with this setup?
  16. What type of user would use this head and what for?
  17. Is there a particular type of user, business or profession which would benefit from this head fitted to a Robox?
  18. What else is in the near future for Robox development?
  19. What is your feeling of 3D printing in general after a year of Robox in the market alongside a big range of competing 3D printers?
  20. How would a user with no knowledge of 3D printing get on with a 3D printer?
  21. How would a user with a lot of 3D printer experience benefit from Robox?
  22. The most common comment about Robox from people who are yet to purchase Robox is the limited build volume. Considering comments from users and a host of 3D printers which have been released since Robox was announced, what is your view on our build volume limitations and the way Robox is used?
  23. How should a user decide which 3D printer is best for them?
  24. What level of experience is required to use Robox, particularly the software?
  25. Tell us about materials, what makes Robox stand out in this respect?
  26. Why is there a pcb on the reel?
  27. Components must effect quality and lifetime, what is Robox made from that makes it better than others?
  28. What is a typical 3D printer warranty? Compare this to Robox.
  29. Say this with some more excitement! “It’s a robot, in a box!”: Why was this printer given this name?
  30. Say this: Desktop factory. Micro-manufacturing platform… Do you have any other descriptive phrases related to Robox?
  31. What are the goals of Robox as a 3D printer? As a micro manufacturing platform?
  32. Related to Robox and 3D printing in general. Tell us about safety and reliability.
  33. As an engineer / designer / artist or user how does Robox change your methods?
  34. Is this just another 3D printer?
  35. Tell us about members of the Robox team.
  36. Robox feature list is extensive, why would a user choose to spend a little more on Robox? Why not get one of the cheap printers? Why not get a bigger printer?
  37. If my budget was larger why would I choose Robox?

Some tips for a successful video:

  • Gaps and pauses are fine, don’t rush. A short answer to the point is much more likely to be used. The whole edited video will be made up of short, relevant responses.
  • Good sound is important, turn off fans where possible and move the microphone close to your mouth, test the sound before starting.
  • More light will improve most video recordings, use the highest resolution possible, the resolution is not critical but we do want to see your face (or an entertaining stand in).
  • Be positive! Be happy! Smile at the start of a response and sit up straight.

Conditions:

  • Pete will decide everything. Pete will have the final say. Pete’s decision will be final unless he changes his mind. No guarantee of compensation, reward, payment or credit is offered, nor will it be provided for any video.
  • Entries must be posted here in our forum with a link but can be uploaded to any video streaming service.

Congratulations to Aurora – ESERO UK CanSat Team 2016

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Congratulations to the Aurora team for 2nd place with a very ambitious (and successful) design which went way beyond the requirements set for the challenge. The team, consisting of 4 students aged 17 (S6), used a huge range of skills to design and develop their competition entry with prototypes and the final design printed on their Robox 3D printer.

cansat

Some details about the team from their excellent website www.aurorasat.space

Who are we?
We are a CanSat 2016 team from Glasgow, Scotland. The team consists of four pupils from Hutchesons’ Grammar School. Our supervising teacher is Dr Walker, and our sponsors are Pulsion Technology and CEL Robox.

What is CanSat?
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for the students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of a few hundred metres by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.

Why do it?
CanSats offer a unique opportunity for students to have a first practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: selecting the mission objectives, designing the CanSat, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.

Team

Rishabh Manjunatha
Team Leader
Electronics Engineer

Cheryl Docherty
Mechanical Engineer
Design Engineer

Jack Leslie
Software Engineer
Online Administrator

Wan-Ian Tran
Mechanical Engineer
Aeronautical Engineer

Guidance from
Dr Walker
Mr Walker
Mr McCormick

Primary Mission

Measure air pressure and temperature. Minimum 1 result per second transmitted to ground control/computer.

Secondary Mission

• Our can will split into two parts, and will land in two different areas on the ground.

• The can will split horizontally; the top part will land using a parafoil to glide to the ground, and the bottom part will land using a quadcopter-like motor/propeller system to navigate to the ground.

• The aim of the mission is to successfully demonstrate the splitting of the can, demonstrate two different landing systems and demonstrate the prospect of comparing two separate sites on one mission.

Optional – Targeted landing to both sites using high accuracy GPS and autonomous movement.
Optional – Rover on ground to pick up two capsules and return them to team base.
Optional – Implement camera to capture splitting of cans.

Challenges overcome:

Small space to fit 2 satellites. Designing a modular system to access parts easily and still retain a strong structure was challenging.
New pyboard with very little online guidance or information, we had to program and wire everything based on our own knowledge.
Brushless motors and ESC’s are fiddly to set up and get going.
Designing and constructing a stable Para-foil.
Programming in a new language and programming electronics and understanding how they function together.
Learning how to use inventor and rendering the simulations of the satellite.
Using a 3D printer, learning how different plastics behave and how best to print small scale intricate models.

CAD software used:

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016
AutoCAD 2016

Other software / programming tools used:

Python IDE
Arduino IDE
Command Line Tools

Robox made the following possible:

Printing of our satellite using ABS and PLA plastic. The Robox support team helped us to with recommendations and settings to ensure each part was accurately printed.

Other resources used:

Technology department supplied the majority of the equipment used, including soldering irons, hobby drills, glue guns, desktops.
Our other sponsor Pulsion supplied us with the £500 budget we had to stick to.
Physics department supplied digital callipers and high accuracy balances.

The Robox 3D printer we have was purchased by 3 of our Arkwright Scholars and is kept in the Technology department for students to use on request.
The Scalextrics club, which is aimed at younger years, design and build model rc cars. They have already printed one model.
The Formula 1 club also uses the 3D printer.

The printer will be used for further competitions. (possibly the Google science fair or other independent projects)

A link to the competition website:

https://www.stem.org.uk/esero/cansat
http://www.aurorasat.space/

A note from the team leader:

I would like to thank you once again for not only sponsoring us and helping us when we had problems using the 3D printer but also for your kind words throughout. You have motivated us and kept us going when certain aspects of our project didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to. Your quick and informative responses have aided us greatly. – Rishabh