This week has been a little more hectic since we have finished scanning and we have the deeper dives. I’m really excited about the deeper dives and feel like I haven’t had much time to work on the model I’m working on. I feel that I like to make things perfect since I am basically trying to replicate the rubiks cube and now I’m trying to make it a movable part. For it to work I need it to have the correct dimensions and had switched from Solidworks to Maya since I feel like Maya is a little fresher in my mind from the lectures. It took me some time this morning to figure out what the plan was to create the shape I wanted and still haven’t finished it even though its basically 2 cubes and a cylinder cut out. I’m still learning how to use the 3D modeling tools and its just a slow process as I’m still learning.
Today overall was hectic and a little stressful but it had some good elements to it. First I had been working on my model for my rubiks cube which though complex its still been a ton of fun trying to figure it out. After working on that we had the lunch and lecture with Stephen! It was so great to hear more about his life story and specific projects he did for industry with Boeing and John Deere. He talked about how they tried teaching people how to assemble parts with AR and that peaked my interest since I’m planning to use AR in my deeper dive project. I actually was interested in looking at the occlusion part of AR where you can actually show in AR when one thing goes underneath another. I also really liked that he was working with intelligent team tutoring systems because I’ve used such as the Wii Fit classes, GPS, etc. One of the things I really enjoyed though was how he mentioned about building your network. He mentioned over and over how you never know how your network will help you and that could not be more true. I feel like due to the random people I have come to meet, it has led to so many opportunities I never even thought about. You never know where life will take you sometimes and the types of routes you could have put in front of you. After the lecture I was working on trying to get some github repository code to work that my teammates found. It is to convert the files we have into an X3P file and it apparently is a super difficult thing to do. Our mentors made it look so easy but they were only dealing with like 2 files in the folder whereas the github had like files upon files and so many folders (Confusing!). Our mentors don’t know how to do this either but thought since we are computer engineering and computer science majors that we would be able to figure it out. Someone in VRAC told us that it would take them a week to get to what we need and this is coming from someone with much more experience in this program. I know that I am an older computer engineering student which I guess translates to I should have a lot more experience but the reality is I’m not the best coder nor am I the biggest fan of it either. I had tried my best to attempt to solve this issue but I think it is a lot more complicated then it needs to be. I also asked if we needed this file to write our paper and the answer was no. After all of that we then had craft of research which is always good to keep going over topics to help us with our papers. Finally to end the day we went hiking! This was my first time hiking and it was good but exhausting! This makes up for missing the gym Friday and Monday haha. According to my health app it tracked that I climbed 31 floors…. I was the slowest person on the hike but its only because I’m afraid of falling/slipping (I did slip a little at one point but ended up alright). The best part was when we got to this flowing river over the road and got to walk through the cold water barefoot. I want to thank Lara and Emmanuelle for not leaving me behind 🙂
Hiking group as well as the great sunset that we got to end the night with 🙂
Today has been better. Started the day off with deeper dives and that went well as we finished around 10:00 with lecture and were going to have the rest of the time to work on our models. My team and I had a lecture with the dean of the Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department so we decided to leave around 10:30 and got there but we had to reschedule. We came back and I got back to working on my model and figured out how to use the measurement tool in Maya! Went to lunch and now working on this blog post before getting back to deeper dives. The rest of the day should be good though. 🙂
The start of my Rubiks cube project! Reverse engineering the parts as well as some sketching of parts