Happy New Year from Hub City
As the new deadline approaches Hub City would like to wish you all a happy New Year and update everyone on our work. Since we wrapped our submission in time for the previous deadline, everyone took a much needed break to focus on finals. With their conclusion the team decided to start working on creating a physical model. Patrick's expertise has been crucial during this process. We want to create a miniature to scale prototype to be able to better convey our idea. This process has proved tedious but we hope to make more headway after the holidays. Additionally we have been reaching out to various members of the Rutgers community to strengthen our business plan. Creating a continuous and manageable revenue stream is central to the SolCor plan.
Computer Assisted Design
AutoCAD has served as a vital tool for Hub City in these past few months. Being able to visualize our project has given us a huge advantage in planning for the next steps.
Coming straight off the idea phase of the planning process, Hub City was largely dependent on chalkboard drawings and estimations. Trying to "eye" the dimensions of a large shipping container was difficult, and we learned that we are atrocious at drawing in perspective. The next meeting, Jon C. brought in his laptop, along with AutoCAD, and we set out to work immediately.
At our workplace, pictured above, we were able to draw freely on the chalkboard and plot what changes needed to be made to our idea. Our first alteration was creating a vestibule to trap the heat in one section - as shown in the picture. Next, we crunched some numbers and found out our ideal hallway space (for loading crops) and our maximum storage-to-drying ratio for the grains. After a brief switch from cylinders to rectangular silos (more volume), we calculated and finalized our maximum storage/drying capacity.
This turned out to be way higher than expected! Our visual had been a success, and we were finally able to confirm that our idea was feasible, practical, and had way more potential than we were initially able to see. Our CAD design, which will be featured in the video, gave us the needed insight into our specifications and allowed us to progress rapidly and accurately.
Today Hub City became filmmakers! With the help of Bailey, our cinematographer, the team shot footage for the video, which spans among 3 different locations. These locations all provided a context with which to present our concept - including a greenhouse and two of our workspaces where we hashed out the nitty-gritty details of the SolCor idea. Although it took a lot of prep to be "film ready," our background knowledge and research gave us the ability to convey our idea in a clear way - with minutes to spare before we had to go back to class!
However, there is still work to do on the horizon. Editing and post production will be a challenge over the Thanksgiving break, but it's clear that our project is coming along nicely so far. With the written work delegated, all Hub City needs to do is sprint down the home stretch.
With all the information about our design on video, we look forward to the judges being able to watch our hard work as it unfolds on screen.
For the past couple days, Hub City has been working on the branding of our Thought For Food proposal. This includes the name and logo of our product. The brainstorming process started with mixing the concepts included in our design in order to make a coherent and understandable brand. Next, we built a logo out of the key parts of our ideas. We hope to make SolCor the best that it can be!
Hub City put in work this month - delving deep into the specifics of the project. After researching ideal space, temperature, and moisture content, we set out to finalize our base design. Keeping in mind all of the different processes in our system, we are pleased to announce that we have arrived at close to the optimal design for our container. Progress!
Finally, after a long session of caffeine driven math, our team refueled with some healthy snacks. Pumpkin solely for display.