We got the plasma cutter, the machine that failed earlier in the month, to work and were able to finish the the estop bracket. Also, we installed the bracket and are working on ordering the lights that also need to be attached to it. As for the ballast, we’ve cut out the pieces and drilled holes to mount it on the frame, but we’ve had trouble with the placement of the of the holes we drilled. Though the holes aren’t perfect, we are working on mounting the frame so that we can begin test driving it. We received our safety gear and are almost ready to test drive after one final inspection of the car, then we will be ready to roll.
We’ve been working on designing an emergency stop (estop) button bracket and coming up with a solution for how to create a ballast. The ballast is a counter weight that we did calculations for to figure out how much weight we needed and where to put it. We came to the conclusion that is would take a 36 pound ballast to counterbalance the motor. We need 12 pieces weighing approximately 3 lbs that are ¼” by 5.5” by 8.5”. As for the estop, we designed a ‘L’ shaped mount, but had to postpone some of the manufacturing of the part because the lead bolt for the plasma cutters shredded, which meant we had to order a new bolt. We are also working on updating the website and twitter page, which means rewriting content, revising what we already had, and taking pictures to upload.