Today the team finished cutting out the first template using the shop bot and are now able to build each individual part! Emily also finalized the first press release, and everyone is ready to spread the word.
Riley, Alé and Scotty worked with different iterations for the model- improving yesterday’s designs in the process. One thing they noticed is that they will need to add more tabs in order to minimize chipping on the edges of the template. These tabs would also make the templates stronger and less likely to break from the force of the router. They needed to put pressure on the wood sections between the slots in order to prevent so much vibrating. It turned out reasonably well, although a little piece broke off because of a knot in the wood (making the team consider using a new material). The team then made the first cuts to see how the template works!
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