Today we began printing and cutting the components for the pieces that make up the body and mechanics of our AFM. We visited Tsinghua High School to 3D print the casing to hold the DVD head, and laser cut the acoustic enclosure and lightweight scanner frame.
We got to see the amazing facilities available at the high school including a variety of machining tools, along with two 3D printers. One expert student was able to help us use the 3D printer and laser cutter. One of the high school students who is working with our group saved us a few times from disastrous design decisions and the other provided us with detailed pencil sketches as good as CAD drawings. We are excited to continue putting together the project tomorrow now that we have most of the pieces!