Group Build Night 4/20/17

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!!!

Almost time for Drones!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

CHAMP Challenge Feb 2017

The Challenge

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.

CNC Upgrade

Over the last couple days Brian and I have been tearing down our 2ft X 3ft CNC and expanded it to 3ft X 4ft.  Wiring will be done today and it should be 100% functional by the end of the week.

Virtual Pinball Update

Joe Hargis has started a project of creating a virtual pinball machine using a pinball body with a computer, tv and 2 computer monitors. There will be solenoids and motors in the thing to give you that FEEL of a real pinball machine. Here’s some pics of Joe “Testing” the hardware.

CHAMP Challenge 1/26/16

Ok so I will take the blame for this CHALLENGE being so challenging!!  It was a crappy night to have a flying contest.. it was cold, raining, snowing and massively windy.. but man was it fun!  The winner was Brian and Visitor Chris..  With a long long flight if 5.25 seconds.

 

First CHAMP Build Night – 01/19/2016

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAMP CNC is Alive!

 

 

Ok so we built this thing 2 years ago and tucked it away after Brian and I caught it on fire…. The mount broke and the tool dug into the wood and …..friction fire.  Then came Alaska Jake.  Jake decided he wanted to try it out and figured out how to properly work the dang thing.  (He IS an engineer BTW)  Jake recorded us a training video and Brian and I watched and learned..  So here is our 3D Printed CNC fully functional.  Sorry for the upright video. My camera on my phone is dead and I was using the forward facing and didn’t think about it.