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2017 Lambert High Make It Real Submission


Entry ID #: 3851
Created: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6:34 PM

109A Lambert High School 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024             The part that we have created is a voltmeter used to measure the electric charge in batteries. We came up with the idea because it took too long for the voltage of the battery to be measured with a traditional voltmeter. Our group came up with the idea of a custom voltmeter that would specifically measure the voltage of batteries used for VEX Robotics. In order for the voltage to be measured efficiently we decided to use some sort of head that would attach directly to the battery (like the head of a charger) which would measure the voltage and show it on the glass screen (shown in the model). This custom voltmeter can be placed anywhere on the robot, primarily in a place where it is easily accessible.                 By using Autodesk Fusion 360 v2.0.2604 we had originally created a box. We had made a rectangle and used the extrude tool to make it into a rectangular prism. In order to hollow out the inside of the prism we created another rectangle but on the top face of the prism and extruded it inwards in order to create an empty space. The fillet tool was used on the outer edges of the box to make a smoothed edge and the chamfer tool was used on the inner edges in order to create a concave area for the screen. The screen was made the same way as a prism but we had used dimensions that would fill in the empty space on the top face, the screen would represent an LCD screen order to display the amount of time in the battery and how much is being drained at a given moment in order to see any malfunctions. This overall is better than the voltmeters being used now, because it provides simplicity and gives valued and precise numerical values (We had not programmed the actual voltmeter this is a bit theoretical if we had the experience to create our own, for applicational purposes).            Autodesk is just one of many programs that are pioneering the way for students and technicians around the world to be able to create innovations that further their interest and career in engineering. I am truly exhilarated thinking about the future that holds for CAD projects, because the possibilities are endless with these kinds of marvels. I can make an action figure to an aerodynamic model of an aero plane which is simply fantastic and provocative for thinking in engineering. All in all I believe that programs like Autodesk that allow the viewer to envision the future are going to be the things that lead the next generation into the golden ages.


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