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Underwater Robotic Arm (2014)

As a part of UNSW Engineering program (MMAN2100 course) in a team of 6 we have designed a prototype of Underwater Robotic Arm which would act as an educational game for children attending the NSW Maritime Museum. We were told that apparently if our design is good, some parts may be implemented in the real device. Our task included coming up with ideas and the full CAD design of the prototype. One of the major parts of this task was documenting (as in report writing). We created a requirements document, decision matrix, BOM and User Manual. The report was incremental and was strictly marked on a fortnightly basis, which really made us all learn what to do and what not to do while documenting an engineering project. We also had to maintain an engineering logbook throughout the process, logging the design process. The project required a lot of good teamwork. We had weekly group meetings and distributed tasks. Even though we did not have assigned leaders, the group performed rather well as a team. We had almost no issues with deadlines and when we did the most reliable people from the group (including me) managed to pull through. We have received High Distinction for the project, which was my initial goal (to finally get the highest mark for the group course). As a team member apart from the basic responsibilities I produced the majority of the complicated parts of the design in Solidworks as I was eager to improve my CAD skills. This project has inspired me to transfer to the Mechatronics stream of Engineering program at UNSW because I enjoyed fiddling with robotics so much (even on a virtual level). Unfortunately the course did not require us to produce a physical prototype (due to time limitations), but at the…

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Air pump

As a part of UNSW Engineering program (MMAN1300 course) in a team of 6 we have designed and manufactured a prototype of a mechanical air pump. In the first part of the course we came up with sketches of our ideas on how to create the pump and acquired essential machining and metal work skills in TAFE workshops on a weekly basis. Later on we designed the parts of the pump in Solidworks and produced engineering drawings according to AS1100 standards. Using the produced drawings each member of the team machined a part assigned to them. We had to communicate a lot and include some adjustments in our design as we found some complications in the machining process. That taught us that it’s very important to know the limitations of the manufacturing when you design parts in CAD. However we managed to succeed in manufacturing all parts and assembled our prototype according to the deadline. In the end of the course we have subjected the fully assembled pump to a generic test performed by UNSW Engineering staff. Our pump was attached to a test jig and it was supposed to inflate and burst a balloon in several jig strokes. Our pump has passed the test and we got full marks. Share: Twitter Facebook Google+…

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Wave energy plant model (2013)

As part of UNSW Australia Engineering program (ENGG1000 course) in a team of 5 we’ve built a Wave Energy harnessing device. It was a model of an onshore (or close offshore) chamber wave energy plant with a bi-directional airflow for the turbine. We had to design within the given project constraints (it had to fit in the testing wave generator) to maximize the airflow through the outlet. We’ve made several design decisions on the shape of our chamber and the position of the air outlet to achieve that. During the testing phase (at the end of the course) the airflow was measured and we have got good results in the top 3 of the participants. Our team was called SWellBeing. After testing it was found that we should have increased the chamber entrance height, because it would have allowed us to harness the waves much better. With the existing chamber entrance height some waves flowed above the chamber so only the lower part of the wave’s crest pushed the air into the chamber. Also the overflow sometimes suffocated the chamber, not letting the air in. I took part in all stages of the designing, building and report writing, and also was the one to create a 3D model of our design in Autodesk AutoCAD. Share: Twitter Facebook Google+…

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Aquaponics 1 (2012)

After thinking of several concepts as the summer came, I started exploring the actual land and thinking about real things. I consulted a local DIY guy and have accumulated some knowledge on how to better lay the basement for my small greenhouse. I chose the part of the land right next to the roof of the house as this way the angle of the greenhouse roof can be matched and the snow in winter will not destroy it. This way also one could acccess the greenhouse from the back without getting rained on. I had a blog where I logged the process of building with the help of my good friend Arseniy. The blog does not exist anymore, as I didn’t want to pay for the domain, but the photos remained. As the project has finished I have come across a competition online where you were supposed to submit a video of a DIY structure in your backyard related to home grown food or related stuff. My friend Arseniy being a prominent video editor, has offered to edit the movie. As we have filmed the whole process of building, we had all the footage ready. Several days later, the video was made and it’s still on Vimeo. It’s in Russian (as the video was for a russian competition).   Аквапоника своими руками from Anton Vinokurov on Vimeo.   Share: Twitter Facebook Google+…

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Aquaponics concept (2012)

While thinking of building an aquaponics system on a piece of land that I had access to, I have been researching a lot. Needless to say I was fascinated by the idea of building a greenhouse and my mind wandered to concepts of large facilities. “6-8 growbeds and some towers”, –  I thought, after watching numerous Youtube videos of people working in Aquaponic and Hydroponic farms. Having no prior engineering background and not knowing anything about proper CAD at that point I have created some SketchUp models.   And even a small animation. I was hoping to have this automated door system (first interest in mechatronics): Of course later on, as I knew that the space I have access to is small and the budget is $1000 tops, I calmed down and created something smaller. But that is described in another post. Share: Twitter Facebook Google+…