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CAD Engineering Challenge - 90 Degree Standoff


Entry ID #: 4644
Created: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 5:58 PM

Final Report: I am Nathan Faust from one of the 2990C Titan Team Kronos. This is my first year of doing Vex Robotics Competition and, with ideas from my more experienced scholars, have been able to design this part for the CAD Engineering Challenge. My part is a 90 degree standoff. I designed multiple sizes for use in various situations, such as: stabilizing towers, drivetrains, and arms better. I hope to improve the problem of having to bend parts to stabilize the robot. This would make it so you only need to screw in this standoff and the robot's tower, drivetrain, or whatever it is be instantly more stabilized. The part would mainly be used in problematic spots, such as: very shaky areas, and places that need to be as stiff as possible. The part also has extensions that can be screwed in, so it would be very versatile compared to the current standoffs.  Autodesk Inventor Professional 2018 was the program I used to create my part. I used the both additive and subtractive methods to model my part. I first created a hexagon as the base for the standoff and hollowed out the inside as a place for the screw to go. Then I closed off one end made attached a screw to that end as a spot to extend other 90 degree standoffs or extensions. This project helped my a lot in the ways that I will know how to model new parts for future challenges or even start modeling our team's future robot designs. I do plan to use this program in the future. This software can help when you're in a competitive robotics team by bringing your ideas to life before you build them. It can show if ideas will work or not and maximize the effectiveness of your robot earlier on in the competitive season. I hope to be an engineer one day, and CAD modeling will definently be a large part of the work I would do, whether it is designing a building, vehicle, or robot.