Phil Thoden's "CD Burn-O-Matic"
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"CD Burn-O-Matic"

The CD Burn-O-Matic will burn up to 8 CDs at a time automatically changing the CDs for you.  The CD Burn-O-Matic will pick up a new CD and place it in the CD Burner.  Once the CD is finished burning, the Burn-O-Matic will pick up the finished CD and place it in the finished CD stack.  It will then go to the new CD stack and pick up another CD until all the copies of the CD you require are made.  It is revolutionary technology that allows you to do other tasks:  Instead of waiting for the CD to finish burning and then put another CD in the drive, you can go do other stuff you need to and return to find that all of the copies have been made.

The CD Burn-O-Matic uses 3 motors, a solenoid, springs, and a complex and delicate end effecter to complete its tasks.  The base motor moves the end effecter forward and backward in the work envelope. The horizontal motor moves the end effecter left and right in the work envelope. The vertical motor moves the end effecter up and down in the work envelope.  The end effecter itself is designed to be open the whole time, until it is positioned to pick up a CD. At that time the solenoid pulls the end effecter closed and when it is positions inside the CD the solenoid releases.  When the solenoid releases, the springs in the end effecter push it open, which causes it to grip a CD.  Once the end effecter has gripped the CD, the vertical motor pulls it up and out of the CD stack.  Then the horizontal motor moves the CD over to the open CD Burner.  After the CD is over the CD Burner, the vertical motor lowers the CD to a ¼” over the drawer.  Then the end effecter releases, causing the CD to drop into the CD Burner. The Burner Closes and when it is done “burning,” the CD Burner Opens.  Next, the end effecter is lowered by the vertical motor. The end effecter is closed, lowered into the CD and then opened to grip the CD.  Finally the vertical motor lifts the end effecter and CD. The CD Burner closes and the horizontal motor moves the CD over to the “Burned” CD stack, the base motor moves the CD back to the stack, and the vertical motor lowers the CD. Lastly, the end effecter closes and drops the CD and goes to the new CD stack to repeat the process again.  The CD Burn-O-Matic does all this using the programs we created in class.