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Thursday, 11/21/2013 - Critical Design Review Preparations

Design groups are currently working on solidifying models in preparation of our Critical Design Review with NASA on December 4th. With Thanksgiving approaching, we are getting hungry for turkey, but are staying focused on perfecting our presentation.

Tuesday, 11/12/2013

At the NASA Preliminary Design Review on November 7th, the team presented our current notional design. Everyone did a great job presenting their topics which included: updated subsystem designs, schedules, budget and outreach. It was very beneficial having design questions answered by NASA staff from across the country.

Thursday, 11/7/2013 - Preliminary Design Review Preparation


The team is preparing for the Preliminary Design Review with NASA on November 7th.

Thursday, 10/24/2013

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Wednesday, 10/16/2013

Team members have been using the MakerBot Replicator 2 to further understand the basic mechanics of 3D printing. In addition, we have been testing various print fabrics for a foldable print table. Check out this awesome time lapse video of the MakerBot building a 3D model of city landscape!

video credit: MakerBot

Wednesday, 10/16/2013 - Weekly Update 10/16

The group has spent the past week tackling issues associated with our preliminary design concept. These include deciding what print material to use, print table folding mechanism, print head design, and firmware design. Subgroups will be focusing on these issues in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, 10/7/2013

The outreach event at Epic was a great success! Team members Ryan, Reid, and Steve spent a day at the conference explaining the 3D printing process and the goals of our project.

Monday, 10/7/2013

Welcome to the Badger Comet blog! We are all members of the University of Wisconsin in Madison and are working to develop a collapsible 3D printer for use in space. We will be documenting our progress on this blog and are excited to share our experiences with you.

Wednesday, 9/18/2013

The Badger Herald - UW COMET project looks to take off to space

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Wednesday, 9/18/2013 - Working Hard for Epic Outreach

With the EPIC Outreach event scheduled for Thursday, Sept 19th, we are working hard to produce 3D printed parts, 3D models, detailed concepts, and even a media video containing useful input from all the members of the team.  

This is going to be an exciting opportunity for the group to showcase a lot of the work we have done and get some great feedback on where we stand currently. It’ll also be a great opportunity for people who know little to nothing about 3D printing and the expansive options open to those daring enough to explore to learn how these techniques work and the skill and dedication that goes into designing them.  

If you are in the area, check out our booth, combined the Badger X-LOFT group, competitors from the X-Hab Competition two years prior.  They will be there showcasing much of their previous design including parts from the original prototype and available to answer your questions.  We are also thankful to have three of our dedicated members, Reid Carlson, Ryan Knippel, and Steve Wishau there to help showcase the Badger COMET project and answer questions you may have as well.  It’s bound to be a great time, so check us out!

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