Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We've Moved!

Hey there everyone! We upgraded and moved our blog! We've been up to several fun and amazing things lately so check out our new blog! http://phyxtgears.org/

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015

       We have some exciting news, our blog will soon be transferring to a WordPress website! We are all so excited for this new change and we can't wait to show you our fresh new way of delivering the PhyXTGears news. We look forward to showing you our new site in mid-January!

       Today we had a team working on a Sponsorship video to help explain to people interested getting involved with the financial side of our Robotics team. Our Programming team reviewed old codes as well as learned about "Pinging" which is an Echo Request message in Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP).

       The Animation team watched some videos on how to set up files in Blender for the upcoming Safety Animation, they were also able to get started on making some props! In the Mechanical room, some students worked on fixing up some wooden chairs in our workshop while other students worked on learning more about the CNC mill and how the speed and rate worked for the feed and practiced milling out a valve lever.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Years From PhyXTGears 1720!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dec. 15, 2015

       A little while ago, our team visited the company JennerJahn's, an Internationally known company.
 Curtis and Kyle lead us on an interesting tour, showing us how their machines worked and how they are made. They showed us how they animated their designs before they completed them, and they showed us the complete internal workings of their machines Curtis and Kyle did a fantastic job of explaining how everything was put together and how it worked as a whole. It was a really fun experience and we're very grateful for getting the chance to learn about this awesome company!

       Here's a robot joke to brighten your day.

          Person A: Why was the robot angry?

          Person B: I don't know, why?

          Person A: Because someone kept pushing his buttons!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

Today we worked on getting ready for Build Season!! Some students cleaned up our workshop, while others worked on strengthening their skills in their sub-teams. The Animation team started working on their storyboard for the Safety Animation. The Programming team worked on learning the basics of Labview basics.
We can't wait for Build Season to start and all of the fun projects that will come along with that!

November 24th 2015

       This week our lead mentor has continued teaching a group of students how to operate our CNC mill. They worked on a piece for holding tools. We are getting a good start on the build season ahead.

       A CNC (Computer Numeric Control) mill is a mill controlled by a computer. Our CNC is precise to 1/10,000 of an inch, which allows us to make parts much more exact than anything done by hand. The CNC runs on G-code. One way to machine a part is to create the G-code "conversationally" (manually telling it what to do). The other option is to create a part in CAD (Computer Aided Design). Then we give that part to a specific program that will automatically create the G-code for running the CNC.

CNC lesson
       Some of our former students came back for a team meeting. It was a blast seeing some of our former students again!!