Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Team Distribution & General Fall 2017 Schedule

Team NameFirst NameLast Name
Full-Scale Futran Track Section Team1KeonRoham
Full-Scale Futran Track Section Team2AlvinChoy
Full-Scale Futran Track Section Team3JaredHagyard
Solar for Full-Scale Futran Section4MatthewDianich
Solar for Full-Scale Futran Section5ChanwoongPark
Solar for Full-Scale Futran Section6TanHo
Full-Scale Mechanical Bogie Team7DanielEspinosa
Full-Scale Mechanical Bogie Team8jinhaoCui
Full-Scale Mechanical Bogie Team9RogerPacilan
Full-Scale Controls Team10Jack Yoo
Full-Scale Controls Team11Cheuk KwanYim
Half-Scale Suspension Team12JoshuaMoreno
Half-Scale Suspension Team13ColinWong
Half-Scale Suspension Team14SalvadorHernandez
1/12th-Scale Track + Manufacturing Team15KevinBrasil
1/12th-Scale Track + Manufacturing Team16Bryan ChristopherOyan
1/12th-Scale Track + Manufacturing Team17Angelo-JoseBanzon
1/12th-Scale Bogie Team18BryneJocson
1/12th-Scale Bogie Team19IzzatHalabi
1/12th-Scale Controls Team20AndishehKhosravi-Sereshki
1/12th-Scale Controls Team21BenTrump
1/12th-Scale Controls Team22ColinIlas
1/12th-Scale Cabin Design Team23DarrenErfe
1/12th-Scale Cabin Design Team24KaelanSong
General Schedule for the Fall 2018 Semester: 
1. Each team must come up with a minimum of (3) design iterations of their particular project before any rapid prototyping is to occur. Each team must weigh the pros and cons of their (3) design iterations and develop a 'prime design'. In addition, each team is required to perform theoretical calculations and finite element analysis on their prime designs to ensure specifications are met. 
2. Once step 1 is completed, each team will determine a method to create a rapid prototype of their prime design (3D printed, laser cut wood, on-the-table programming / controls, etc) to run initial tests. 
3. Once testing is completed, revisions and redesigns will occur if necessary. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 1: Getting caught up with Automated Transit Network (ATN) technology!

Now that you can successfully navigate, and have created your individual and team blog spots, it is time to get caught up on ATN technology!

  1. Please read the first 14 pages of "Automated Transit Networks (ATN): A Review of the State of the Industry and Prospects for the Future" authored by Burford Furman, Ph.D., Lawrence Fabian, Sam Ellis, Peter Muller, and Ron Swenson. The publication can be found here: 
    1. The pages from this document will get you caught up on the key principals of ATN technologies, and ATN systems that exist today.
  2. San Jose State University's Mechanical Engineering Department, located in Silicon Valley California, and led by Dr. Burford Furman and Ron Swenson, have been developing ATN technologies since 2012 called the Spartan Superway. The Spartan Superway and Futran have formed an alliance to aid in implementing a new-age, universal paradigm of urban transportation. Please read the Spartan Superway White Paper to get more detail on ATN technologies that utilize solar energy to provide sufficient energy to power the entire transportation system.
  3. A wide range of projects related to the Spartan Superway Project can be found here: Please explore the International Institute of Sustainable Transportation's library to gain a deeper understanding of work that has been completed to aid the launch of solar-powered ATN technologies.

Week 1: Welcome to the Spartan Superway Blogspot!

Hello ME195A/B Spartan Superway Students!

This blog spot ( will serve as the informational hub for you to receive information related to your class that can include posts from your professor and other faculty, research articles, class assignments, fellow students and more! In addition, you will also create your own blog that will be used to post your class assignments and general updates! The following post titled "Creating your individual and team blog spots" will describe how to create your own individual blogs.

Navigating is simple! The bulk of information, as listed above, can be found in the center of the blog spot (just like this post!) Individual student blogs can be found on the right side of the blog spot. Individual student blogs will appear as hyperlinks that can be clicked to read each student's blog spot. Professors will stay updated with student's blog spots to ensure they are actively posting and keeping up with their assignments. Depending on if their are team configurations, the left side of the blog spot will contain hyperlinks to team blog spots. Creating a team blog spot can be found in "Creating your individual and team blog spots." Below the team blog hyperlinks, hyperlinks for professors and other faculty can be found (Professors should also follow "Creating your individual and team blog spots," but should only create an individual one.)
The blog spots are also easy to modify if needed!

Week 1: Creating an individual and team blog spot! Creating your first individual and team blog post!

General note: Individual and team blog spots are important for checking accountability to ensure that each student is keeping up with their course work! Blog spots missing information each week tells me that you are not keeping up with your course work. Please be sure to add details to each blog spot post.

To create your individual blogs go here:
  1.  and follow the directions. 
  2. When your blog spot has been created, please click on "New Blog" in the top left corner. Enter in a relevant blog spot title, and an address such as "" 
  3. Before you click on "Create Blog!", please copy and paste your blog address to this Google Form as seen below in the image. 
  4. This is very important as I need your addresses to upload your personal blogs to so they are visible for everyone to see.
  5. Congratulations! You have created your individual blog spot! I will get your blog spot hyperlinks uploaded to soon! 

Creating your first individual blog post!

  1. Once you have inputted your information to the Google Form found above, it is time to create a new post in your individual blog. (These will be created by each student on a weekly basis!) 
    1. Please go to and login! Near the top left of (when you are logged in, there should be a feature that says "Post." Click on "Post" and input a relevant title that concisely portrays what you will be posting about each week (dependent on what your Professor would like to see). Below the title is where you will input the bulk of your information! (See image below!)
  2. Your individual posts will include conceptual ideas, drawings, CAD models, calculations, and anything else related to your individual involvement in your project's design, rapid-prototyping, fabrication, assembly, and testing of your project. 
  3. Information to post in first individual blog post: 
    1. Please include your full name, contact information (email address, phone number), a brief description of yourself (major, expected graduation year, interests, why you want to work on automated transit networks), and finally a picture of you!
  4. To successfully post your blog, click "Publish" on the right side of the screen! (See image below) 
  5. Congratulations! You have successfully posted your first blog spot. 

Creating a team blog spot! (If applicable)
  1. Once teams have been formed.... 
  2. Create a team blog post (one per team) with a name that is descriptive for your team (I.E.,SpartanSuperway-Bogie-Team). PLEASE NOTE: A team's blog spot is created in the same exact way your individual blogs were made, with one small difference (See step 3 below to add multiple authors to your team blog spot). 
  3. allows for multiple authors to participate and collaboratively add information into a single blog spot. To do so, the first author will invite all other team members as authors with admin permission (I.E., adding other team member's email addresses). 
    1. Specifically, go to: [Team blog] > Settings > Basics > Permissions  > Blog Authors
  4. Upon completing this, please copy & paste your address to this Google Form as before. 
  5. This is very important as I need your addresses to upload your personal blogs to so they are visible for everyone to see.
  6. Congratulations! You have created your individual blog spot! I will get your blog spot hyperlinks uploaded to soon! 
Creating your first team blog post! 
  1. Using the same method for creating your first individual blog post, please make a collaborative team post with your team members that includes each member's availability (School & Work Schedule), and contact information so your teammates can easily contact you if need be. This will allow you to schedule time to meet with teammates to work on your project. 
  2. In addition to the above information, add a paragraph description that covers the scope of work and goals for your team's project. 
  3. Congratulations! You have successfully posted your first team blog spot. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Paseo Prototyping :: Spartan Superway in the News

On Saturday, April 8th, Spartan Superway was represented at the Paseo Prototyping Challenge by the 12th scale teams, and they created a very impressive presentation for the public in downtown San José. The Mercury-News published an article with this picture:

Here's the article in the Mercury News: Prototyping a better tomorrow for San José.

Here's an earlier article announcing the Paseo Prototyping Challenge:  Pizarro: San Jose State festival showcases innovative concepts.

The Spartan Superway continues to ...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SSDC 3D-Printer Instructions: DO NOT Hesitate to ask for HELP

Spartan Superway Design Center 3D-Printer Instructions:


To Change Color Type of PLA Filament (PLA only):

1) Turn on local computer. Turn on 3D-Printer by toggling the ON switch. Toggle ON switch on the back of the silver Stepper Motor power supply.
a. Note: Be very careful with ALL power cabling as some of it is slightly loose, and may become disconnected during prints, causing you to redo everything you have just done.
2) Open Cura (3D-printer program on computer), then click “Control” within the program (should be in the middle top-left of the interface.
3) In “Control” interface, change extruder temperature to 220 degrees C and bed temperature to 55 degrees C.
a. To complete task 2, click “Set” after extruder and bed temperatures have been entered into the “Control” interface in Cura.
b. Once “Set” has been clicked in Cura, the temperatures listed above must be reached before filament is removed and replaced (please view the L.C.D screen on 3D-printer to ensure these temperatures have been reached before trying to remove any filament).
4) Within “Controls,” once the proper temperatures have been reached, click on “Retract 10 mm,” which will engage the extruder to retract the filament by 10 mm / second.
5) Before you replace the filament, check in Cura under “Basics” tab to make sure the new filament diameter you intend on using matches what is listed on the filament roll.
6) Once the previous filament is removed, set the new PLA filament on the 3D-Printer filament holder, and guide the filament through the clear guidance tube.
a. Now feed the filament into the extrusion port and in “Controls” click on “Extrude 10 mm” while adding a small downward pressure to the filament. NOTE: You may have to play with the “Extrude 10 mm” button a bit until you feel the filament catch. You should be able to feel the filament begin feeding itself through the extrusion port, so at this point you can watch the filament begin to feed through the extrusion head. NOTE: Wait for the filament color you chose to begin melting out of the extrusion head before you begin any prints, and wait for the “Extrude 10 mm” to finish its cycle.


Printing Your Project (IF PLA filament is already loaded, you can begin your print once bed and extruder head are at proper temperature):

1) Note: Cura only accepts .STL files!!!
2) Once bed and extruder temperature are reached (should have happened in above steps any ways), apply water based glue found near 3D-printer, onto the bed of the printer with a tissue / paper towel.
3) Now upload component you intend on printing into Cura and rotate the component to have it lying down flat on the bed.
a. Rotate button is located on the bottom left of the screen.
b. The component side with the most surface area should be touching the bed plate (improves chance of printing success).
c. To move component on bed, just click and move it.
4) Remove any excess filament from the extrusion head before printing.
5) Make sure you check your settings before printing (do you need a supporting structure??)
6) To print go in “Controls” and click print!!