So 2012 approaches, too soon it seems. Why it seems that yesterdy it was summertime, and last week I was in Davis for the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition. Soon enough, we will be at Davis again, and Madera, and then to St. Louis, followed then by my graduation of high school...yes the time does seem to fly.
Nevertheless, let's be thankful for the here and now, and the times we have been able to spend with family and friends and even our enemies, for it is with them where we truly learn and grow. This past week has been both stressful and relaxing, both times of fatigue and energy; I guess that's how life operates. This past Christmas weekend was a very enjoyable one. I was able to see friends I had not seen for awhile. It likely will be another months ar more before I see them again, but fair enough. We went to an amazing Christmas performance at church, followed by delicious dinners and present unwrapping time. I got a bunch of audio equipment, mainly so that I can continue recording music, a mini-multitool, and (my favorite) a laser pointer. And I can't wait to use it in presentations!
Now on to robot and PTC software business. Last week, current UC Berkeley student and 1671 Bird Brains alum Loong-Yi Tan came and introduced himself to newer members of the team and alo gave them a short overview on the basics of robot design. Today, Loong-Yi gave a very compelling lesson to the freshman and sophmore in our CAD group. They seemed to take it in quite well, but we will have to wait till kickoff to see if the information stuck.
Also, over the past few weeks, our team has been working on setting up a license server for PTC's new build of Creo 1. We seemed to make some progress, but lack of school time and team meetings has prevented us from getting things setup and finalized. With the help of PTC employee Mark Fischer, Schneider Electric employee and team mentor Josh Houser, and CUSD Systems Administrator and Assistant Coach Andrew Nabors, it shouldn't take much longer to get the rest of the requirements into place.
In recent news, I think I have found a bug between the different builds of ProENGINEER or Creo Elements/Pro (same thing really). I was making a robot base and a robot cart, and both assemblies crashed on me. I am guessing it is because of the different software builds I am using on different computers. For more information on the problem click here: http://communities.ptc.com/thread/36698. At first I was going nuts..."What's wrong with my computer?!?!" But when it happen a second time, I sensed the problem. So I guess this is what happens wn you do some late night designing, you find out errors and discover epiphanies....I think I might do this more often!
In any case, once I can start assembling with having software crash on me, I will post pictures of my pending work.
Build Season Counter: Day -11