mechDESIGN • Physical presence of the robot • Key to mechanical design of robots is keeping in mind all the components that go into a robot
designTOOLS • Main program: Solidworks • Solid modelling program used everywhere from academia to industry • The UWRT has a sponsorship deal with Solidworks • I use Solidworks at my co-op job • The tutorials are very helpful
designTIPS • Sumo competition design can be as simple or as complex as you want • Make sure to allow for the board, motors, wheels, and two sets of batteries. • Pay attention to how the metal will be bent and the order in which you will be doing so
solidworksOVERVIEW • Basis of Solidworks consists of making a 2D sketch and extruding it to a 3D object • Useful tools like Hole Wizard, Rendering, Patterns, Fillets, Chamfers • More advanced techniques like sweeps, lofts • Built in FEA (Finite Element Analysis) software
solidworksMODELLING • Start with sketch • Proceed to Extrude
solidworksMODELLING • Here is a box
solidworksTUTORIALS • These. Do them. They are your friends.
questions? • This presentation is posted on our website • You should check our website often. • http://uwrobotics.uwaterloo.ca/