Matthew Tran's Blog! Posts

July 20, 2017 / School

For my summer internship during junior year of high school, I worked at CalState LA designing a low-cost, lightweight robot arm for a teleoperation robot.

June 1, 2017 / Projects

Seeing how much a 3D printer revolutionized my engineering, I decided to design and build my own CNC router.

May 21, 2017 / Projects

What initially seemed simple turned out to be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. An interesting challenge with a clever solution to match.

May 20, 2017 / Projects

Tasked with the manipulation of stacks of pennies, I went through 4 revisions of robot arms before I had one good enough for the National competition.

November 18, 2016 / Projects

My attempt at an Electric Vehicle for the SciOly 2017 season which, due to a few key mistakes, did fail.

November 16, 2016 / School

For our Physics 2 project, we had to build a wooden tower based off the year’s SciOly rules. For a first try, I didn’t do too bad.

August 1, 2016 / Projects

The perfect addition to any Star War fan’s lightsaber collection. Also one of my favorite projects and it has stayed working for far longer than I expected.

June 9, 2016 / Projects

With more experience around my belt, I decided to try my hand at making another coil gun, but this time smaller and without the long charge times.

May 22, 2016 / Projects

For the SciOly 2016 season, I built an Electric Vehicle and optimized multiple factors to maximize speed while maintaining accuracy.

May 21, 2016 / Projects

During my first year in the Troy SciOly team, I had a really fun experience building and competing with my robot arm. It was the perfect event for me.

March 20, 2016 / Projects

Excited with the completion of v1, I challenged myself to build another lightsaber, but this time using the crossguard style. Also, it had to be red.

February 9, 2016 / Projects

Just for fun, I built another lightsaber as a test platform for different hilt designs and blade mounting ideas.