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Team Sigma's Steady-Cam Quadcopter

This video was the culmination of a 10-week project assigned to small groups of mechanical engineering students at Cal Poly Pomona to complete their Advanced Machine Design class. The entire machine was engineered, designed, wired, and programmed by the team (Jason Hewitt, Brian Luc, Darius Shu, Jeffrey Moore, and Guillermo Montiel). Representative of manufacturing realities, the short, 10-week timeframe demands that the students think creatively and use all of the resources at hand in order to complete the project on time. For the team this meant the use of a 3D printer to make the rotor strut supports.
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William K.
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The steadi-cam copter.
William K.   12/3/2014 4:47:12 PM
OK, so they made a thing that seems to fly OK, except that a whole lot of the time there was at least one hand right there. A bit of explanation, such as what the goal was and what they were checking at different times would have added a lot.

Did they start from a blank sheet? or did they modify an existing product/project? And getting even a bit of video from the on-board camera would have been great. 

Depending on what other things they were involved with, ten weeks could be reasonable. We used to routinely deliver complete test machines in 18 weeks from receipt of purchase order to final aceptance on our customers production floor.

This is a project that could provide a large amount of interesting information.

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Experiential learning
stevejahr   12/5/2014 8:03:35 PM
The video is not the point here.

Think about what these students learned here.  You can even scope out all of the building stuff.  But just give them a hardware platform and a problem definition and let them figure it out.  The potential learning here is HUGE.  It is completely irrelevant if it has been done before.

These are by far the kinds of college graduates that *I* want to talk to when interviewing for new hires.  They have actually *done* something and something interesting to boot.

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