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Project Summation

Project Summation

Design Process This project has been a serious process of designing, redesigning, constructing, and reconstructing. Our design process alone was a major process. As shown in the diagrams below, we intended to start with a mere frame, atop which would be placed the solar panels. Upon further research, we decided to give it a larger […]

Updates 5/15

Updates 5/15

Emily met with Don today, and we have come to a few conclusions. We will move our wooden panels from the DCC basement to the IREAP lab where the rest of our project currently stands. This will allow us to grind down the screws that are protruding from the back of the wooden panels. In […]

Capstone Fair

Capstone Fair

Today is the day. I’ve spent endless hours this past weekend and all day Monday finishing up the painting. Each shape creating my turtle has a white border which I meticulously painted over several times freehand after taping it during painting the rest of the shape red. After a very time consuming process, I finished […]

Coming Together!

Coming Together!

The end of this week was very successful! Emily and Don were able to get a decent amount of material welded together. It is a difficult process, including grinding down the cut edges in order to remove the paint prior to welding. The picture below shows one of the halves of the arching part of […]

Update May 5th

Update May 5th

Up to this day, we have made significant progress. Most of the parts Emily and Don have been working on have been cut, and we plan on beginning to weld this week. I came in with Emily to the metalworking lab today to make sure all of the pieces were properly cut. There was some […]

Communication Struggles

Communication Struggles

Emily and I are in communication with Facilities Management at UMD, and our goal now is to figure out how to transport our structure from the Engineering side of campus to our site next to Prince Frederick. Unfortunately, our communication struggles occasionally. Today we intended to meet with the man who will help us install […]

Construction Process- Progress Is Mad...

Construction Process- Progress Is Made!

Wood Portion- I have been making great headway on the turtle shell shapes. I have OFFICIALLY gathered all of the wood I need, all in good condition as well. All of the shapes have been traced by now. I have decided to cut down an inch from each panel to add a space of two […]

Construction Process- Turtle Shell Sh...

Construction Process- Turtle Shell Shapes

It is time! We have begun construction! Emily and I have divvied up the responsibilities. She has begun to focus on the metalworking while I work on the woodworking. After getting my woodshop certification, I now have full access to all the materials I need to create my turtle shell panels. In class this week, […]

Home Depot is My New Home

Home Depot is My New Home

This week has been filled with Home Depot trips. Our first trip was to find proper wood to support the turtle shell decoration. We settled on 1/2 inch pressure treated plywood. This is the most durable for outdoor use. Unfortunately, the best types of wood, such as teak or cedar, are not available in any […]

Deconstruction First

Deconstruction First

This week, I have begun to measure the two tables that we will be deconstructing to reuse for our metal frame. Emily took detailed measurements ahead of time for me, and I personally broke the drawings down to figure out how these tables can be taken apart and recreated into the correct size parts that […]

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