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Mars Rover Project

A new project is underway. In collaboration with Spring Grove high school, we will be designing and building a Mars Rover robotic system for an upcoming rocketry competition in April. Friday morning we successfully defended our preliminary design via teleconference with the organizers. More information to follow…

World Maker Faire – 2016

World Maker Faire – 2016

This year at the Maker Faire our booth received two “Best in Class” Awards.  The judges complimented our diverse applications and audience interaction.  We have been invited to speak at the education stage next year.  Great way to finish out a robotics course!

Local Machining

As the pancake printer prototype nears completion, we found ourselves in need of some precision machining on the main drive screw.  (Beyond what we could do in house)  The 1/4″ hole on the end had to be exactly centered and we don’t have a proper lathe to do the job.  We found a local machine shop that did the work quickly and cut us a nice break on price.  Thanks to Chris, a third generation machinist, at Lindstrom Machine Shop in York.  Here it is…

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2015 Maker Faire Wrap-Up

Maker Faire Highlights

  • Dover Robotics earned the Editor’s Choice Award from the organizers of the event
  • 1,800 unique visitors to our website
  • Several promising job and education leads/offers for students to follow-up on
  • Collaboration offers from colleges, maker-spaces, technology fairs, and businesses
  • Thousands of smiling faces and awestruck gazes!

The Robotic Drumset display exceeded our expectations.  It was warmly received by many thousand visitors.  There were casual passers-by that danced and took a few quick pictures/videos, teachers and professors that inquired about kits for their own classrooms and eager enthusiasts with lots of questions who had dreams of a robotic drum set, but not yet made one.  The time passed quickly as there was hardly ever a time that someone wasn’t engaging the display in some way.

The hardware performed flawlessly for 16 hours of continuous playing.  (Including some serious abuse from excited little children)  The event was the perfect atmosphere for presenting the innovative technology education that is being developed in the Robotics classroom.