Here you can find the history of the entire build. We wanted to make sure there was a story with our project.
11/19- Team promotional items arrived, including mouse pads and polos.
New coat, new look
11/19-The Press frame gets a fresh new look. Our group color, ANSI orange.
Move in day
11/20- We worked with faculty to ensure access to a former storage room, our press has a permanent home!
11/30- The Press's final design is complete and is ready to be executed.
12/9- Thanks to a generous donation by Unitronics our team is now ready to start control design!
First Electrical Layout
12/15- Matt is almost finished with iteration one of the electrical layout.
1/7- Several iterations later the control box is nearly finalized, and the the press lives!!
1/11-The accumulator is mounted and ready for the hydraulic system!
1/20-It moves! After many, many hours and lots of work our team was able to get the hydraulic system and electrical system to work seamlessly with the PLC.
The first piece
1/30-The first piece is made from the Press. A sheet of three ply carbon fiber pre-preg. Completed in only 15 minutes!
2/7-In an effort to continuously improve on the user interface and experience Chris and Jacob worked together to improve the look and feel of the interface.
2/9-Pressure verification of the transducers and PLC readouts by strain gauges on a test block monitored by Instron data acquisition software and controller.
2/26- Thanks to a generous donation from Pascal Systems we have a new pump and D03 stack!
New Heating Plates
2/29- After many many houres new aluminum heat plates are complete.
thanks physics tech shop for aloowing us access!!
9/7- It all started in CSUS Santa Clara Hall. Meet thepress brainstorming the future.
Getting the first parts
9/25- 2 weeks after picking the project we began work!
9/30 preliminary rewiring enabled us to determine that the entire machine and structure were non-functional
10/2- A rough idea for control placement
10/2- Rough idea for updated hydraulic placement
10/16-Found a larger accumulator lying around, 10 minute cycle times here we come!
11/5- Jim Stur and Mike Newton helped by removing the platten assembly with the CSUS forklift.
11/5- Hundreds of dollars worth of honing pads and several days of work to machine the bushing holes.
11/9-We were able to mount the new sleeves with adjusting set screws- finally movement!
Initial drawing package
11/18- First drawing package.