The engineering notebook is so important not only when building robots, but for any engineering project you may be involved in through the course of your life.
1. Engineering notebooks track your progress.
- Tracking your progress is significant because it allows you to retrace steps. If one idea doesn’t work out, you can still retain the information because it is located in one concise place. Having data available to you offhand can be helpful to apply to future challenges even if it isn’t optimal currently.
2. Useful application for future projects.
- When engineers have a particular design that they would like patented, their engineering logbook verifies their process and allows for verification of your idea and provides the necessary legal information to claim the idea as rightfully yours.
You never know when information will come in handy. Crisp, neat, and thorough documentation allows for learning and new ideas to flourish.