Like last week, the Structures team is in the process of making a transition from the documentation phase -- during which we wrote the Gran Papiazo (EGP) -- to the final phase of our revised spring quarter plan: prototyping. While we have compiled a list of necessary materials in this preliminary materials list and delegated specific orders to members of the team, we are still waiting on a number of orders to arrive. In addition, COVID-19 has made it harder to get access to certain materials that we would normally be easy to find. For example, Jose made two trips to separate Home Depots but was unable to find the wood board necessary to construct an initial prototype of our slanted roof design (details available on pp. 12 of EGP).
We did have some success, however, with grommets and finding a new vendor to 3-D print our cuffs (design sketches available on pp. 13 of EGP). Natalie was able to use the General Tools Brass Grommet kit to create a grommet in the corner of the canvas we ordered from Amazon.
As noted last week, the original 3D printing vendor we had planned to use turned out not to deliver until late June -- too late to be useful. We were able, however, to identify a new 3D printing vendor this week with the help of Professor Debbie Senesky (AA). We will now be placing an order for a 3D-printed cuff through You3DIt Inc, which will hopefully be delivered in the next week or so.
This coming week, we are hoping that Jose will be able to the wood board he needs to begin constructing the roof. Once Natalie and Jose have constructed their various prototypes, they plan on passing photos on to JD and Stephen who will create documentation regarding the prototypes to aid next year's team, integrating that documentation into EGP.
As a final note, we are thrilled to announce that DArcy was pleased ('"it was quite good...it was fine") with our midterm presentation. This was a huge victory for the Peru Structures Team which has suffered significant morale losses in previous weekly check-ins as a result of perceived poor performance. Her positive feedback will serve to bolster our team and propel us into the final stretch of the quarter.