Category Archives: Engineering

Building SUP #2

I built a SUP two years ago. It was hollow wood construction, like an airplane wing. It was an amazing project, but after paddling this SUP for a year, I knew that the design could be improved. I created the new design in CAD (computer aided design) and realized that I could do much more than just make the design better; I could also cut down on my waste. By changing the design into the right configuration and using the SHOPBOT, a really sophisticated mill, I cut the entire SUP out of one sheet of plywood! Not bad!!

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This is bad. I am enjoying coding. There is nothing better than having the compiler accept your program, or running it for the first time. Wait, that sounded bad. Let me go back. Engs 20 is the required engineering computer coding class. The teacher is a boss and each assignment is like a puzzle. You get to build a computer program out of words like int, printf, amongst others. The you get to format the output. Then you try to get your computer top accept it. Most of the time it will reject the code because a semicolon is missing. You then debug and try again until it works and you get output like this:
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A day in the life

You may be wondering, what the heck I do here at camp Dartmouth. As much as it may seem, it is not all fun and games. To start the day off on the right foot, I do yoga in the morning, before class. After yoga and core exercises, I head over to the dining hall for some eats, then class until noon.
This is when the day gets crazy. I work until dinner in the machine shop, working with the metal lathes, mills, 3D printers, computer aided design and other engineering toys. As a TA, I get to learn about the shop for my projects and help other students use the tools for their projects.

 

After grabbing dinner, I head back to Thayer Engineering school for my statics bridge engineering project. Other TA’s help me with balanceing the forces of bridges, so they don’t collapse. By the time the homework session is over, I mosey back to the pebble and sleep like a baby. In this manner, I work my butt off during the week and try to get out and do some really fun things on the weekend.

Beds for the pebble

Let me describe how to get to the pebble, the off campus house that I am renting for my remaining years at Dartmouth. It is not HARD to get to per say and neither is it far from campus, but the route is pretty entertaining, so here it goes. To get to the pebble, you can get there easiest from the engineering school. From there, you continue down the road, cross the highway and go onto west street. Turn right on the second driveway and go back past their barn. You have now reached the Commando Route. The Commando Route is a legal public passageway, because people have been walking up the trail, which resembles a cliff for years. From there go past the rock, which is not a rock at all, but an off campus house which is full of hiking club people and you will see the pebble next to grandma’s house. As you can guess, juxtaposed with the rock, the pebble is a pretty tiny place.

Since the house has two room and has the potential to be big enough for three people, I decided to design some beds that way. The beds I had in mind were fold away murphy beds, but not just any fold away murphy beds – ones that would bring up a desk when you folded it away. I spent the next two weeks learning a computer design program, Solidworks, well enough to design them and the next two weeks after that building them. The first rush is finally over and once I machine the side pieces and install the counter weights, I will post a final video.