So last November UBC Rapid moved from the basement of the Chem/Physics Building to the basement of Hennings. The room that we moved into has many names, including:
- “High-Bay Area”
- “High-Head Space”
- “The Rapid Room” (we like this one for obvious reasons)
- “The Chamber of Secrets” (according to one of my friends double majoring in Physics and Astronomy)
Regardless of what the room is actually called, it’s ours. Before we moved in, the room had fallen into disuse, and people had been using the space largely to store things. When we arrived everything was disorganized, dirty, and not very suitable for a student team. Initially we cleaned the space up a bit, mostly to a state that we could use it to build Maxwell, our MendelMax V 1.5 printer. However, we managed to finally get the team in to properly clean everything up over the last week of summer break, and to prepare for the fall. We had a lot of work to get done.
The full photodump for people who don’t like reading is here.
First we planned how we wanted to organize the room. We didn’t really have to move too many things, and since the start of term we’ve moved several things again. Our plan was originally this:
After deciding where we wanted to put things, we then decided to start with the messiest area of the entire space, which was the corner by the garage door. It originally looked like this:
It was mostly fully of scrap materials and other things we didn’t feel like organizing when we originally moved in. We got most of the materials cleaned up pretty well, by making a sheet metal/plywood sheet rack:
After about a day’s work, the corner was all tidied up. We still had to move the lathe further into the corner, and get the e-racing stuff out of there, but we wanted to get the corner clean so we could begin organizing the rest of the room. It’s really helpful to have floor space to move stuff in and out of while cleaning!
Above photo: Rapid Captain John Harvey happy to finally see cleanliness in the space. Up next was the “middle” of the room so to speak. This was undoubtedly the messiest part, mostly owing to the blue rack on the left. The plan was to eventually move the rack into the back of the room just to the left of the lathe also pictured in the above photo. That required the lathe be moved further into the corner, so for a day or two of cleaning we mostly cleaned everything around the blue rack. In the photo below we see John Harvey again, trying to get some mystery substance off of a small table. It took lots of elbow grease and harsh cleaner:
Later that day in the afternoon we got some of the machinists upstairs to help us move the lathe. Moving a machine that heavy is tricky without specialized equipment:
With the lathe finally out of the way, we could move the blue rack. We finally had a legitimate reason to use the “MAX 5 TONS” ceiling lift that came with the room. It was pretty exciting!
Move successful! Now to finish up the middle of the room:
The stuff in the bottom right corner belonged to the E-Racing team that used the space years ago, but never picked up some old equipment. Thankfully they came by and took what was theirs out of the space.
Almost done! Just have to clean up the area around the other door to the space, then we were done. There wasn’t any difficult moves or a bunch of boxes in the way, we mostly just had to put tools and other things back where they belonged. We also cleaned up the table where our Solidworks workstation sits:
Finally, we cleaned up the main tables where we sit most of the time. I don’t think I’ll see them this clean for a long time!
That finishes up the coverage of cleaning up UBC Rapid’s space. It isn’t the most interesting update, but it was really great for myself and my teammates to finally have a clean space. It will get messy again fairly quickly, no doubt. Stay tuned for more technical and interesting updates coming soon! We get our PAF budget in the next week, which means we can start ordering parts for our projects!