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Three-Axis 45* Gusset


Entry ID #: 6885
Created: Mon, Dec 16, 2019 9:29 AM

Introducing the “Three-Plane 45º Gusset”.  This part has been created to make it possible to simultaneously connect C-Channel in the x-y-z plane in a strong, efficient, secure, and yet simple way. The Three-Plane 45º Gusset can easily be attached to any size piece of c-channel. In applications where the existing 45º Gusset is used to make an angled connection, the Three-Plane 45º Gusset could be used if there is a need to create additional support or structure in the parallel plane, perpendicular plane - or both planes simultaneously.   For example: The positioning of wheels for a holonic or x-drive requires attaching each wheel at a 45º angle to c-channel on the base structure. Using the new Three-Plane 45º Gusset would make it easy to attach c-channel as cross supports in the plane parallel to the base’s surface or to add additional strength vertically up from the base.   See pictures below. Mounting a V5 Brain at an angle is often advantageous when fitting the V5 Brain inside the robot, protecting it from contact with other robots, while providing easy access to the screen for competition and practice. See photos below. We utilized Autodesk Fusion 360 to render a design of the Three-Plane 45º Gusset and various ways a piece of metal might be attached to it.  This project was a great opportunity to combine and apply skills we learned in our robotics class, and to work as a team and share responsibilities. We brainstormed to identify ‘problems’ that we have encountered when designing and constructing our robots that might be resolved with a new part.  We each created parts in Fusion 360 and took turns presenting them to each other. We weighed the pros and cons of each part and came to a collective agreement on which part we would present for the challenge. Using our shared building and CAD experience, we directed our energy into creating and presenting our part in the challenge platform. We will continue to use Autodesk Fusion 360 or a similar CAD program in our robotics and engineering courses.  CADing our design ideas is critical to the creative process. Our teachers won’t issue us prototype materials until we formally present our ideas.   Our experience with Autodesk Fusion 360, is definitely preparing us for the challenges of college and our careers as we are applying to various engineering, design, and architecture programs. We know that our experience using CAD for 3D printing applications will aid us in college and our careers. In the immediate future, we will be printing this part and using it on the robots we will be building for this year’s CREATE US Open tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Taking an existing part and reimagining it for this challenge has been an amazing experience for all of us!


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