It currently covers:
- Researching robot drivetrains and deciding which one to buy or design for a particular team and game.
- Setting design requirements and targets.
- Making a series of concept sketches and checking them against the requirements.
- Preliminary calculations to predict what gear ratios and wheel sizes will help you hit your design requirements.
- Preliminary cost estimate.
- Finding CAD models for all the off-the-shelf parts and importing them into SolidWorks.
- Links to the most up-to-date CAD models shared on GrabCAD.
In the last month I’ve focused more on testing and iterating the design. I have robot test videos on Youtube:
- Forward / Sideways drive test in Mecanum mode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n9aZLCCd8E
- Shifting from Mecanum to Traction with pneumatics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FDd_2kI52s
- 1/8 speed slow motion driveby in Traction mode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBcZnm7hvIQ
- Traction Force test. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PZiDumPYUs
I still need to document the remainder of the CAD development steps, as well as a bunch of things I learned while building and testing this.
Still, I think it will be useful for students who already have a basic understanding of robot mechanical design to help them continue learning.
I’d like to continue to refine this tutorial to make it easier for students to use, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback.
Mechanical Engineering Mentor
p.s. Thank you to the folks who provided feedback in my earlier CD thread on this topic.