Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Progress report

We had several prototypes designs, our initial designs were very complex but our final design is more simplistic and practical. We mounted our fan motor on a plywood platform and build an arc around it and supported it with blocks. 

Side view

A problem that we noticed is that the motor/ fan was not spinning fast enough to launch the disk in the air. We also realized that the wires connecting the motor with the speed controller was broken and we are currently attempting to fix it or find an alternative motor. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Our Design

After our recent group meeting, we decided to replace the bike wheel with a fan's motor. Therefore the fan will act as the rotating mechanism of our machine, we removed the blades and smoothed out the edges. The fan's motor came with a variable switch, in which we can use to control how fast the fan is spinning. Regarding the other aspects and the frame work of our design, we are still coming up with ideas; for light we are thinking of attaching decorative bright colored lights around the frame or on the frisbee disk.
Fan's motor with a speed control switch