Andrew Reitano's "Chess Player"

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    My project was an automated gantry mechanism designed to move chess pieces around a board per the inputted coordinates.  In this manner, a game of chess could be played without the pesky annoyance of actually having to pick up the chess pieces (cause who knows where those chess pieces have been!)
 The overall mechanism had motion in three directions.  Using drawer sliders, the gantry could move forward and back along the x-axis.  By utilizing a salvaged printer mechanism, I achieved the motion in the z-axis direction.  The motion in this x-z plain was controlled by two individual stepper motors which used acme screws (threaded rods) to catch and propel the mechanism.  A third stepper motor controlled a gear mesh which allowed the gripper, a forked metal fixture, to move up and down in the y-axis direction.
     This three axis motion allowed the overall mechanism to move to any of the 64 squares on the chess board using inputted coordinates for an 8 x 8 grid.  The forked gripper would slide under the neck of any piece, and it would then be lifted and moved to its destination and lowered into place.  Thus, any piece could be lifted and moved to any other square based on the players' input.
     My name is Andrew Reitano.  I am currently attending Rutgers University, and I am enrolled in the College of Engineering.  I am still attempting to narrow down my options so as to choose my specific discipline of engineering, but I am most interested in Computer/Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  My main hobbies are drawing and writing.  I am one of the few engineering majors to voluntarily take English courses due to this writing interest, leaving me at the mercy of my friends taunting.
     In my spare time, I mostly enjoy hanging out with my friends and simply discussing all of the important questions of life.  You'd be surprised of the philosophical breakthroughs you and your friends are capable of at 4 A.M. when you haven't slept for three days.  College is a whole new world to adjust to, but I am trying to take it all in stride.  Well, I hope this gives you some insight into the complex and often frightening world of Andrew Reitano.  Oh, and always remember to have fun, look out for your friends, and be true to yourself. (I know you didn't ask for advice, but hey, it's free . . . )
Well, that's all for now, see ya later,  Andrew