Name: Philip Haasnoot
Member since: 2005-06-11 20:25:03
Last Login: 2006-11-08 04:11:34
Currently the co-founder of Red Tailed Hawk robotics, we're still trying to get off the ground so we don't have much of anything right now. We want to specialize in robotic prothesis (in development) and industrial robotics. My names Phil and i'm a 17 year old robotics fanatic!! actually i love anything related to mechanical/electrical engineering. I've built quite a few robots and can't live without my computer. The only thing i wish i could afford would be an O-scope for when i do things with digital logic. I'm currently a senior in High school and can't wait to go to college to continue learning. I'm going to major in mechanical engineering and minor in electrical, I want to me a mechatronics engineer. The hardest obstacle i've had to overcome is the fact that i'm so young, most people dismiss me as not knowing anything. But i can tell you, i've screwed up enough circuits and robots to know what i'm doing, well, kinda :p. I'm on the FIRST robotics team 527, WOOO!!! I have a good feeling about this year!! Thats about it, feel free to contact me, i love talking to people who share my interests.
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Recent blog entries by phillysteak527
Well i finally got my butt in gear and finished that variable power supply i've been working on. It's done, i ran into a problem when i connected the fan to the output binding posts. the fan would start to draw current around 5 volts (the voltage i need). because it is a 12 volt fan it would draw current until the output voltage reached 4.3, then when the voltage rose again, it would bring it back down. 4.3 isn't enough power to run a pic. The fan caused this oscilation until about 6.2 volts. So i had to install a switch as a manual override for when i work with microcontrollers. I should be able to post some pics up either today or tomorrow. They'll be on the blog.
Finished soldering the power supply together, it's a kit from cheney electronics that i got from www.goldmine-elec.com . It works extremely well for a 10 dollar kit, and provies ample power to run a PIC microcontroller for development purposes. The 5 dollar soldering iron is great for the price, i would have gotten a soldering station but ti's too expensive right now. I should be bale to poist some pics on the blog tomorrow.
The power supply and soldering iron came in the mail today and i already started soldering the power supply together. Ran into a snag with the mini-sumo design, but hopefully some sleep will solve that problem, usually does.
Well it's been a while. I'm on summer break from school, which isn't much of a break because i'm either at work, or at home working on some stuff for the FIRST robotics competition next year. I sorta finished the robo-one legs. The only problem is that i could only afford cheap 10 dollar analog servos, which dont have enough torque to hold up the entire body, much less do acrobatic meanuvers. So for now i've put the project on hold. Right now i've been working on a robotic prothesis, and some stuff for FIRST like i said, both must be kept in secret. Sorry to anyone who wants to know more, but the prothesis is the basis of my new company, and the project for the FIRST competition could potentially put us far ahead of the other teams. At the moment I'm looking at a disassembled power supply and admireing the capacitors; which i hope to use in a coil gun, but thats for another forum :). I'm going to attempt to make a mini-sumo to settle a little bet made by the co-founder of our company, so i'll try to keep everyone posted. I'll most likely be custom machining everything, being the CNC mill in my basement is screaming "USE ME!!". I think i'll also make a custom PCB to house the PIC microcontroller, some people might say a 40 Pin PIC is overkill for a mini sumo. luckily i don't listen to those people :p. The pictures will eventually make it to the new blog, due to excessive spam i've had to make the blog private, sorry :(.
I AM STILL ALIVE!!!!! yes i know i havent posted in a long long time, but hey i've been busy. If you want to know whats going on with my robo-one check out my website.
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