In The Designing Stage: Its coming together- Savannah Ojeda

We are currently in the process of buying the materials that are going to be needed to build our prototype of the helmet. We have only a certain amount of money that we are allowed to work with, because of this we have to make sure we are getting things that are needed. Speaking for the SuperNovas we are excited about this step in developing our prototype because we are getting closer for our design to come to life. Recently we have ordered our helmet that we will be using as the main prototype of our design, as well as Velcro, reflective material and a sensor for temperature purposes. These are just a few things that we are ordering to get started with. As a group we have been making stops at stores such as Whole Earth too look for possible cloth ideas to use for the neck covering. This material should be better for the customer, because it’s used for icing and keeping the neck cool. Another trip is planned for this following Monday the 24th, we will be going to Home Depot and Lowes to look at helmets and chin straps to get an idea of how we can connect the chin straps to the helmet. Currently that is one of our obstacles to figure out a long with setting up the heat sensor that will be placed on the helmet.

Idalis working on the design of the hard hat.
Idalis working on the design of the hard hat.

Everything is coming together little by little, Idalis M. is the engineer of our group and she is doing a fantastic job on making the prototype come to life on the computer. She is taking what we have discussed as a group and bringing it to a whole. As the rest of the members we are supporting Idalis through this process because it’s a lot to take on by herself, there is very little on what we can do to help her with this. She is using a program that we don’t know about. But Idalis does her best to describe what she is having problems with about designing it, and we help with what we can.

SuperNovas will soon being going on a Thanksgiving break, during this time we hope our materials will be ordered, because when we return for school after break we will begin putting together the hard hat. During that time we will see what other material that will be needed to order. We are currently looking for a place that will have the material that we need for the cloth.

Erika is researching about materials that we should use.
Erika is researching about materials that we should use.

Today we had a group meeting to discuss where we are at in our process, so far we are on track. We are concerned about how we will apply the padding to the hard hat and if it will work. This is another reason why we are going to Home Depot and Lowes to look at helmets to get an idea before our materials come in.

This is the cloth that we found and would like to use for the neck covering and padding covering.
This is the cloth that we found and would like to use for the neck covering and padding covering.

Since the beginning of our design it had gone through many changes, however some have remained the same. As a group we thought it would be best to add a temperature sensor to the helmet in best interest of the customers, because of the heat. We hope this will help the workers know when it’s too hot out to work in and preventing them from pasting out because of the heat.

Till next time.

Here are a few links to the materials that we are ordering for our prototype of the hard hat:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Safety-Flag-Reflective-Pressure-Sensitive-Strips-6802LY/202547649?quantity=1

http://www.homedepot.com/p/VELCRO-Brand-3-1-2-in-x-3-4-in-Sticky-Back-Strips-4-Pack-90075/202261913?quantity=3

http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Tekk-Protection-White-Hard-Hat-with-Pin-Lock-Adjustment-91295-80025T/202195392?quantity=1

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