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Tom Holloway and Daniel Lloyd joined Cubik Innovation for their one-week work experience from Colston’s School in Bristol. Both boys were set the challenge of completing a project to design and build an unusual object that contained functioning electronics. The result was two fantastic 3D printed rockets that lit up.

Here is their diary from a fun filled week…

Daniel Lloyd

Monday
To start the first day of my work experience Tom and I had a quick tour of the office and some of the staff in the Cubik Office.  It was then 10:00 which meant that the Monday meeting was about to start. In the meeting they covered over what they can improve on as a company together, upcoming new, big projects and new staff and promotions. After the meeting we did some small research on the website about the company and the past projects such as the Close Air Solutions. Lunch. After lunch we met with Russell and he showed us a project of a steel lock that was wireless and can be used to unlock with a keypad.

Tuesday
Tuesday started with CAD Solid Works. We first make a hollow cylinder and a cone shape with the program. Tom and I decided to apply both shapes together and try and create a rocket. We made it by remaking the cone on top as the cone head, the cylinder for the body and three fins that should help stand the rocket, above the bottom engine. We then decided to further this rocket and add a window, detail on the booster engine and a Cubik Innovation logo. After lunch Paul asked us to research the part for a circuit for a embedded system for a safety flash.

Wednesday
Today we worked with Charlie to try and make a circuit in a plug board for our project. We made LED circuit that flickers to go under our rocket. In the plug board we used four LEDs, mine were green, sexy cables that were used to link the resistors with Positive and Negative charge. On the microchip we programmed it with the program called C to light the LEDs at different speeds and different delays. After we finished the programming we started to plan how we will solder each component on the circuit.

Daniel notes

Thursday
On Thursday, we started off the day by trying to print off the first prototype rocket, however it came out too small and it wasn’t the right size for what we wanted. After we printed the prototype off we increased the scale to 1.8 so the inside will be big enough to hold the circuit and button. After we got the second rocket printing we started to solder the components onto the variable board. We had to make sure that all the LEDs were the direction and all the flying wires were connected properly.

Friday
When I came into the office my 3D printed rocket was finished so my next step was to remove all of the unwanted support and to make the edges smoother. Due to complications, after I finished my variable board my LEDs didn’t turn on due to the lack of space on the board for all of the wires to connect to. Shannon helped me redo my variable board and flying wires. After all the manic of the variable boards my project was finally finished and my rocket would light up by a touch of a button.

Daniel Rocket

Tom Holloway

Monday
On the first day of work experience, we started the day with a tour of the office and an introduction to staff. Then at 10:30 all the staff had a meeting where we had an insight into previous case studies that the company had completed and also looked at current and future projects. Promotions and new staff were also announced during the meeting. After the meeting, we then used the PC to study more case studies in order to understand what the business works with and produces. Later in the day, we worked with one of the members of the design team called Russell who showed us some of the case studies he had worked on such as a wireless lock. Finally, to end the day we had an attempt at using 3D hard works.

Tuesday
Tuesday, we continued using 3D SolidWorks and made a cylinder and a cone. We decided to combine the shapes we made to started to construct a rocket using the software.  we created the body using a cylinder and added a cone to the top. We then designed three wings and engraved a window as swell as adding an engine shape to the bottom. Finally, we hollowed out the inside of the rocket so that we could add a circuit inside later on in the week. After lunch, we worked with Paul researching a previous case study to learn and try out how the business solved problems when a customer comes to them with a product idea.

Wednesday
We started the day building circuits with intern Charlie. The circuits contained LED’s and resistors and gave us a view into how the electrical devices around us are wired up. Charlie then showed us the coding of a semiconductor chip to make the LED’s switch on and off making them flicker at different speeds. We applied this knowledge and had a go at coding are chips for our rockets light’s. We ended the day by planning our variable boards for our rockets with Charlie so we had a clear plan for Thursday on how the inside circuit of our rocket would be wired up.

Daniel notes

Thursday
On Thursday, we went back to 3D SolidWorks and printed off our rocket design as to get an idea of sizing and scale. When the printing finished we realized our design was far too small for us to fit a variable board inside; therefore, we scaled our rocket by an increase of 2 and started the printing process all over again. Whilst the rocket was printing, Charlie showed us how to solder the components off our circuits onto our variable boards. It was then time for us to have a go soldering some components onto the variable board.

Friday
We picked up where we left off Thursday and continued soldering components onto our variable boards. Also, the first rocket was finished printing so it was time to print off mine. During this time, I finished soldering my components onto my variable board. When my rocket was finished printing, I removed all of the unwanted support. Then, I attached a battery to the variable board and slotted a button to the hole we made in the back and soldered it to the variable circuit. The circuit was no complete and I placed it inside my rocket and Super glued the LED’S to the hole in the bottom of the engine giving the effect of flames coming from the bottom of the rocket and now it was finally finished.

Daniel Rocket

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