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Autodesk "Make it Real" Challenge- 97101W


Entry ID #: 8873
Created: Tue, Dec 8, 2020 12:01 AM

After experiencing difficulties with building intakes during the Tower Takeover and Change Up challenges, we decided to make a part that would aid us in assembling a flexible intake system with improved stability. We wanted to incorporate smooth openings and closings for our intake while supporting the weight of the ball in an efficient manner. Thus, our team used Tinkercad version 2019_10_14 to design a new part that would work to eradicate some of these functional issues. The unit we designed uses a trigger mechanism that functions through the use of potential energy released from tension. The part would bend to the desired angle through the rubber joints; then it would be held in place by an external, unrelated piece on the robot. Once the external piece is disturbed, then the unit could prop itself forward into a metal bar through the tension released. The rubber joint would be made out of heavy-duty rubber that would be replaceable in the event of a rupture. This material is the best to use in terms of upholding tension and completing the functionality we seek. Due to its ability to be replaced in a cost-efficient manner, the qualities the rubber exhibits make it the best material possible.  From this project, we learned several things, especially during the CAD process. The CAD opened our eyes to numerous issues that would go unrecognized originally. In order to maintain COVID-19 regulations, our team members' visits to the garage for mechanical purposes have been limited. Thus, it is definitely much of a struggle this season to prototype and finalize our ideas. CAD allows us to remotely collaborate and work on prototypes. Additionally, by CADing these parts, it has allowed our team’s members to gain a better understanding of VEX parts and their qualities. This has opened the door for new members joining the team to see VEX from a different perspective. This is on par with Tinkercad’s use feasibility, thus we will definitely use it in the future when prototyping for future robotics challenges in the upcoming years. Aside from using CAD in competitions, we can potentially use it to design our own products in the future, possibly creating something that can help the environment or hospital workers. The versatility of CAD allows our imagination to run wild. 


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