I spend all day engineering things at Hyperloop and need a break from the monotony of designing transportation infrastructure prototypes to really relax and do some zen Electromechanical systems design.
I saw a sweet chalkboard plotter over at the long now foundation and thought to myself: "Hey, I could do that, but with blackjack, and 11x17 Tabloid format". : http://juerglehni.com/works/viktor
I really need a good side project to take advantage of the latest and greatest toys at crashspace, that hackerspace I hang out at in west LA.
So I think I'll just go ahead and jump in on this endeavor, and see what I can do to document it along the way and share progress with the awesome people here at Hackaday.io. Follow me if you're interested.
I'm chilling at crashspace and diving into this project.
Requirements and Metrics
Based on customer needs above I’ve compiled this list of requirements, and the metrics by which to measure them by. I’ve split this into subjective measures and quantifiable ones. Each will influence my concept generation and downselect process.
They are in the format
Cool to Watch
Capable of Rendering Drawings:
Can print vector format - yes/no
Can operate from computer - yes/no
Can operate without computer- yes/no
Can operate from phone - yes/no
Initialization speed - seconds (5:10:20)
Traverse speed - in/min (600:350:240)
Plot Speed - in/min (250:170:100)
Positional Accuracy- in/3ft (.010:.030:.060)
Line width rendering capability- #ofwidths (8:6:4)
Rendering accuracy of drawing- in/3ft(.020:.060:.125)
Modular - yes/no
Disassembleable - yes/no
Weight - lbs (15:30:45)
Minimum packable volume - in^3 (800,1000,1250)
Setup / teardown time - seconds (60, 180, 600)
Packaged transport volume - in^3(1000, 1500, 2000)
Useable by untrained persons
Ease of setup - 1 to 10 difficulty
Simple interface - 1 to 10 diffficulty as compared to printer
Error recovery ability - 1 to 10 difficulty from me having to fix it to child can fix it
Operates in various environments
IP rating ( IP76, IP 65, IP54)
Max/Min Operating Temperature - F (200/-10)
UV protection - years (10,5,2)
Power options - # (AC/DC, AC)
Won’t bend - Factor of Safety to yield failure (2)
Won’t break - Factor of Safety to Ultimate Failure (3)
Shock Resistant - Factor of safety to impact / toughness (3)
Won’t resonate - natural frequency of cart vs excitation frequency at speed.
Won’t Fatigue - estimated mean time to failure ( 5, 2, 1+ Years continuous operation)
Technical documentation completeness - % of system described (100)
Parts availability- % OTS or printable components (100, 80, 70)
Time to assemble- hours (4, 20, 100)
Difficulty to assemble- 1 to 10 ()
Parts cost - $ (250, 500, 1200)
Tooling Cost- $ (50, 100, 250)
Yearly Maintenance Cost- $ (5, 20, 50)
Yes / No
Able to demonstrate others principles of physics and engineering
Number of documented physical / engineering principles at work - # (5,2,1)
Next week I’ll focus on concept generation (Phase III) and then start to narrow concepts into a system that meets as many of the requirements above as possible. Back to chilling at crash.
Ok so. For the first project log, I'd like to outline my approach on this project. Always approach a plotter project carefully, they spook easily!
- Leisurely Engineering, following a relaxed version of the engineering design process I've helped develop at work.
I'll keep the design phase focused at a system level, rather than on a subsystem level as an ordinary complete design process would follow, as I don't want to spend 5 years building this thing, after all, each step is part of an iterative process, and I'll need to quickly iterate on subsystems by prototyping and testing rapidly once I get into the detailed design phase of the system.
Initial Phase - Customer Needs and Requirements definition.
I've spent some time pondering exactly what I'd like to end up with, and as a person, what I like. This will factor heavily into design decisions moving forward. Initially I'll start off with a vision statement that's purposefully vague and subjective, and then come up with my needs and the technical requirements those needs drive to shape my design space, and give myself cool metrics by which to evaluate my concepts.
To build a plotter that can quickly, accurately, display to a large audience my drafting work in a novel, stylistic fashion.