Well, it’s the end of the semester so it’s time to reflect. Would we do anything differently? How so? Could anything have been done to make the process a little smoother and possibly help the project move a little further? Definitely.
There were issues from the very beginning, and even though it made for a very interesting and thought provoking project, I believe certain information would have taken some of the non-engineering issues out of the equation. For instance, the wheels on the Robot were a big issue and a complaint that everyone seemed to have. But until the bot was actually built and testing had begun, we had no idea it was even going to be an issue. The bot ran differently on different surfaces, that would have been good to know before starting the drawing process. Even knowing the bots limited mobility, in reference to the “pen holder” so that original drawing designs could take that into account would have helped. Little things here and there that started to pile up could have been avoided just by knowing them ahead of time.
The type of pen that could be used. Would it even be a pen? Could it be a marker, spray paint…? The marker we used was way too big, but only because the weight of the pen was on the paper and not supported by the holder. So, imagine trying to write with your pencil dragging, your paper will want to move with the you unless you hold it down. Another small thing, the angle of the pen holder. It should be slightly slanted, when you write on a sheet of paper your hand holds it at an angle, it’s never 90 degrees with the paper.
There were all little things, and granted some of them were unexpected and only discovered when we began testing. For the future though, if the same thing was attempted, a heads up on these problems would be helpful.