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The idea was simple enough, executing and building it wasn’t. Hundreds of hours in design and manufacturing, countless revisions on designs and AR-Duo was born. AR-Duo is about 44 inches tall and 46 inches wide, made of steel sheet and square tubing, brass sheet and tubing, and cast metal parts powered by two geared-down wheel chair motors running 24 volts on two 12 volt batteries. Run time, all day.
The AXR team rolls AR-Duo in public for the first time. It was a relief to be accepted to the Maker Faire as when we applied last minute this was about all we had(pic above). Typical on versions 1.anything, the radio control system and arduino driven speed controller burned out Saturday morning and the original wheelchair system had to be re-installed. We were rolling again by the afternoon.
AR-Duo was invited to be a part of promotions for the first full size Maker Fair in San Diego. Meeting Maker locals and organizers, the Mayor, San Diego’s Steam Punk Community, and Dale Dougherty! WOW! Maker Faire attendees also proved to be useful free labor for hammering in some unfinished rivets.
As part of the “Meet the Makers” exhibit, AR-Duo met the largest segment of non-Maker people to date. It was a fantastic experience that couldn’t have happened without the generous help of Fair Directors Neil and Nicola (thanks again to you both). Recruiting for the Adult Ed Welding Class might have been successful, we’ll never know. Welding class ownership was transferred over the summer to the local community college. Half the classes were dropped and the cost when up 375%. A disappointment but not unexpected, and NOT the primary goal of our project anyway. We’re not done with promoting industrial arts in our community… AND we led the fair's Theme Parade!
We are bring the whole show to this year’s Faire and you can drive AR-Duo yourself! There will be other themed activities for the whole family.
Anything could happen! As we continue building AR-Duo and expand to more projects in the future.