Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Culminating Cad Drawings

Here is the drawings of a Robotic Surgery Arm that I did for my culminating assignment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Review II

- Midterm test
- http://wps.prenhall.com/esm_giesecke_8/0,8217,1002956-,00.html
- Concept Questions for Chapters: 6 (Orthographic Projection), 7 (Sectional Drawings), 11 (Standards and Dimensioning) and 16 (Isometric v.s. Axonometric v.s. Oblique)

Week 15

The highlight of this week was working on CAD again.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009



Monday, May 25, 2009

Week 14

The highlight of this week was making the transistor radio with Ben.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Week 13

The highlight of this week was working with fibre optics.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Design Brief

Project Background: Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields of technology, and may be one of the most important technologies of the future. Nanotechnology encompasses many separate fields, including chemistry, electrochemistry, engineering, electronics, microbiology, and microscopy. Nanotechnology has applications in many of these fields, as well as in fashion, the military, biology, cancer research, composites research, and many others.

Project Type: The purpose of this project is to learn several disciplines that will help me if I pursue nanotechnology in university. These areas of study are: Electromagnetism and Electronic Devices, Characteristics of Materials, CAD, Basic AI, Lithography and Photoresistors.

Time Break Down:
Electromagnetism and Electronic Devices: 2 Weeks
Characteristics of Materials: 1 Week
CAD: 1 Week
Basic AI: 1 Week
Lithography and Photoresistors: 1 Week

500 in 1 Electronics Lab
Robot Builder’s Bonanza
Two remote control cars
AutoCAD Lite
Drawing tablet
The highlight of this week was beginning to work with electricity.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Design Brief

Why use Design Briefs?
- To do things the right way
- To diminish the differences between groups, by boosting communication.
- Shows what you intend to do for a project.
What is a Design Brief?
- A document
- An insurance between two parties, may be changed later by the situations.
- A basic description on what is expected. Both parties know approximately what they're entering into, and what they are committing to.
Design Brief Consists of:
- Project Background
- Project Type
- Directing Resources
- Results
- General Facts
Does not include:
- Technical info; details
- Precise project info
- Phases
- Research areas
Why a Design Brief?
- The personnel might change
- Avoid waste of time and resources
- Starting is easier and faster
- Recognize biggest challenges easier and faster
- No surprises with prioritization
- If things change it may be important to know what existed in the beginning
- It might save your project
- It's better to ask questions in your beginning.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Areas of Study

The five areas the ones I have chosen for more intensive study:
Electromagnetism and Electronic Devices
Characteristics of Materials
Basic AI

Most of these are drawn from the University of Waterloo Nanotechnology Engineering course list (http://www.nanotech.uwaterloo.ca/Undergraduate_Studies/Course_List/index.php)

Monday, April 27, 2009

The highlight of this week was testing the Rube Goldberg Machines.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

CAD Tutorials

The highlight of this week was seeing the Rube Goldberg machine really come together and begin to work. It was great to see it transform from a bunch of disparate parts into a whole.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The highlight of this week was eating pancakes.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Week 7

The highlight of this work was doing the Mohawk Challenge Drawing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mohawk Challenge

The finished Mohawk Challenge Drawing, done in one period.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dimensioning - Procedures

Answer Key
1. D
2. A
3. B
4. B
5. D
6. A
7. C
8. A
9. B
10. A
11. B
12. A
13. C
14. C
15. B
16. C
17. C
18. D
19. C
20. D
21. D
22. A
23. A
24. A
25. C
26. A
27. C
28. D
29. C
30. C
31. A
32. A

Friday, March 27, 2009

Week 6

The Highlight of this week was working in groups on our Rube Goldberg Machines. I enjoyed working together and having a chance to actually make something rather than just design it.

Monday, March 23, 2009


Dimensioning includes measurements, notes, and symbols.
Dimensions can be inside the lines, or at the end of a leader that points at the space between the lines.
All diameter measurements must have the fillet symbol, and all radius measurements must have the R symbol. Radius measurements should be only used for arcs, fillets, and rounds, not full circles.
When dimensioning radii that join perpendicular lines, the dimensions do not have to indicate the centre. If it is not connecting parallel lines, the centre must be indicated.
Base imperial unit is inch. Inches omit leading zeros, but not trailing zeros. Base metric unit is millimeters. Millimeters keep leading zeros, but omit trailing zeros. E.g. .250", 0.25mm.
Dimensioning Rules
Dimensions should not be duplicated (closing dimensioning chain). Always try to give the minimum number of dimensions. Dimensions should be placed in the view where the best shape and true form are shown. Avoid long extension and leader lines. Place dimensions between views when possible, especially if it applies to both views. This can improve the drawing's clarity. Do not assume that a part is symmetrical, dimension both sides of a symmetrically shaped object, or use the center line to show that it is symmetrical. Spacing between dimensions should be consistent within a drawing. Line up dimensions horizontally and vertically, where possible.Avoid crossing dimension lines and leader lines when possible. Make full use of notes, abbreviations, and symbols to show how many times a dimension applies. For example, use 2X in a mote to designate that a detail specified in a note exists in two places.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Week 5

The highlight of this week was Tim Hortons. I also enjoyed doing research on my culminating project.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fourth Week

The highlight of this week was researching for my final project.

Monday, March 2, 2009


For my independent study project, I will most likely work on Mechatronics. This area interests me because it requires many diverse fields of knowledge coming together. Mechatronics is a combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, controls engineering and computer engineering. If I study Mechatronics, I will start with Lego to learn the basics principals, and then possibly move on to other building materials.

My first choice for a field of engineering would be nanotechnology, however, Nanotechnology would be very difficult to study without the specialized apperatus and tools needed for it, so any study of it would be very hands off.

Links that I used for research:


Friday, February 27, 2009

Third Week

The best part of this week was seeing my knowledge come together. Last year it would take a week to do an AutoCad drawing. This year I was able to make a drawing with both Third Angle, and Isometric projections in almost half of that time.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Second Week

The highlight of this week: Working on isometric drawings. My work looks far better this week than last.

Friday, February 13, 2009