Champ Game night was a lot of fun. There was a group playing Settlers of Catan (Pictured) While a large group of us hid out of the picture played Jackbox.tv for several hours. We do this every 2nd Thursday of the Month. All are welcome to come play and check the place out. It’s a good way to get to know everyone at CHAMP.
Sorry I’ve been slacking on the presidents blog. A lot has been going on around CHAMP. Here are the things we have been working on for the group build projects. The first is Joe’s virtual pinball machine. It has come a long long way!!! It is now playable with sound and Tilt motion sensor. We still have to hookup the knocker and solenoids for the hepatic feedback. The second is a Retro-pie powered full sized arcade machine with mini fridge. This will be for sale after May’s first friday. It has all atari, NES, SNE and Gameboy roms on it.
Last is Brian’s MASSIVE 10ft x 5ft CNC. He has been working on this for a couple months now and it is getting real close to being completed. The liquid cooled system is built and ready to be hooked up. The motor has been tested and is working. The 220v power line has been run. It’s SOOOOO close to being tested!!!
I started building this ordering piece by piece off amazon. After 1 month of troubleshooting…. I have 5 bad motors… Yeah you read that right. Once I got 4 working motors here is the first test. Sadly the first test flight outside on this VERY windy day seems to have knocked the go pro off and into the props at about 50ft in the air… 2nd go pro destroyed.
Use a button battery and cell phone vibrator motor (provided by Joe) and create a device that is propelled only by the battery and motor. Must be under 30mmx60mm. Must not contain sticky or stringy entangling things. You have 1 hour to build 1 or 2 devices. After the hour we will race them 1 on 1 (each team only gets to race 1 device per Challenge). Then a poll race with 1 device from each team at 1 time. After that Monkey in the Middle – All bots will start at the center of the table and the first one off the table is the winner. Then finally Poker. Cards are placed on a table and your bot picks your team’s best 5 card hand.
Today’s Project was working on Joe’s virtual pinball machine. Joe has graciously donated parts to build this. Once it’s built and operational (we do have to test it thoroughly !!) we will be selling it off. Hoping to get enough profit for Joe to build one for himself and enough to build CHAMP one. I would like to thank the MANY members who showed up to assist. We were able to split into 3 teams to tackle the project. 1 team worked on the actual pinball body, 1 team on the computer system and software, and 1 team on the CNC cutting out parts.