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DobotStudioX

Can Students Use DobotStudio without Admin rights?

Question:

In a nutshell…we have been working on getting the software installed as a testing means and have no issues running the software in a profile that has admin rights. However, as I am sure you are familiar with…students don’t get admin rights to their profile…and so it prompts for credentials to run, when a student login is at the helm. Is there a way to get DobotStudio to run for students who do not have admin rights?

Answer:

wow!  This is an easy one! Thanks to Christian Hunter from InPosition Technologies; the Leader in Dobot sales in the US. For more information or to buy Dobot Magicians go HERE. Here is Christian’s solution:
  Yes, there are 2 versions of the software. If you run “DobotStudioX” it doesn’t require admin rights. It should be at this, or a similar location, depending on where they saved the software on their PC.

“C:\Program Files\DobotStudio\DobotStudio\DobotStudioX.exe”

DobotStudioX Want to buy Dobot Magicians? Go HERE for more information, and Christian’s contact info! Continue Reading

Caz High School Students to go to space…Again!

A crew of ten Engineering design & development (EDD) students in Cazenovia High School’s Tech Club have decided to go to the air again. In 2015 they went into space the first time when sent a High Altitude Balloon into space.  They brought back HD video and science data that included temperature, pressure, altitude, and GPS headings as they flew to over 120,000 feet and recovered the balloon. See the article and video here. This year students have decided to try to circumnavigate the globe with another high altitude balloon and track it on the internet with a circuit that they have built.

Mike and Jules Hojnowski from Cornell trekked to Caz to help the students build the trackers. The Hojnowski’s are avid Ham radio operators and enjoy travelling around to help students build their own trackers following Mike H’s design. Everyone started at 7:30 am and spent the first three hours placing more than 240 surface mount devices; some so small you could fit 50 of them on your pinky nail. The circuit board tracker contains a tiny radio device that transmits GPS data back to Earth, as it flies 40,000 feet above the clouds. The tracker is charged by two solar panels, as batteries will not work in extreme temperatures.  These solar panels charge a super-capacitor that powers the whole device. A lightweight tracker is crucial to the success of their mission and the whole device will weigh less than 15 grams.

The afternoon was spent troubleshooting the devices, reflow soldering components, and extensive testing. After the parts were all placed correctly and powered up, they were programmed with Mr. Hurd’s ham radio call sign: KD2GJE. When it flies, you will be able to track it here on WSPR, and possibly here on APRS.fi. Stay tuned to see how they move forward with the project, as they plan to launch two of them in the Spring. More info will be available as we get closer to a flight date.

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How Accurate is the Dobot Magician?

Question:

Just how accurate is the Dobot Magician?

Answer:

Short answer: very accurate. To 0.007″ to be exact. Verified by an independent study student of mine using statistical analysis.
3bots In May of 2017  I purchased a Dobot Magician from an Etsy shop, as that was the only way to get them at the time. It is now available at In-Position Technologies here for $1499.00.  Use the code “chrisandjimcim”  or mention us on your PO and you will get free shipping as well as US based help and warranty service!
First thing I did, and when I say I, I mean an Independent Study student (props to Vincent Paglia , who will be going to RPI in August, see his info below!) was do an Accuracy test. They claim it is accurate to 0.2 mm, and our test on our robot proved that it was actually more accurate than that.  Try that with the robot you use for CIM class now! The only one more accurate in my classroom is my Fanuc, and it cost almost 15 times what the Dobot cost!

  For those of you into POE and “data” you can you download the spreadsheet with data points, graphs, ect here: 2017 Dobot Repeatability Data.  But this histogram says it all:
Dobot Accuracy Graph When all was said and done, our robot was accurate to about 0.18mm overall. That is 0.007″ for those of you in England… I must say, very impressed with the accuracy.

_MG_5137-4Special thanks to one of my best ever Independent study students for all of the work he did this year with me  with the Dobot. 
Vincent Paglia, son of Thomas and Regina Paglia, has been awarded a scholarship from SME. He plans to study engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.  Vincent has played varsity and JV soccer; has played hockey at Center State for four years at the bantam and midget levels and for the high school as a senior; and is also a member of the Tech Club and National Honor Society.  He received the Rensselaer Medalist Award for outstanding achievement in math and science in 2016 and was also a Scholar-Athlete by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) while playing soccer and hockey. Continue Reading

My ________________ doesn’t work. How do I get PLTW Tech Support?

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Question:

My ________________ doesn’t work. How do I get PLTW Tech Support? or What’s in the Purchase Manual? or How do I get…..

Answer:

PLTW now has what is called the Solution Center, and it can be found here: https://www.pltw.org/get-involved/register-pltw/program-support. There are many questions you can get answers to here including Hardware & Software issues,  Equipment & Supplies, and Marketing Materials. When you click on the email link it takes you to: technicalsupport@pltw.org but use the contacts below:  

The Official Contacts  for the Solution Center are:

Email: solutioncenter@pltw.org 

Phone: 877.335.7589

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