ThinkTank Development Team

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The Robotics Resource Center at WPI is designed to provide support to on-campus and off-campus activities and groups for projects and competitive robotics. The RRC hosts a number of robotics events each year, provides guidance and materials for student projects, and supports the Robotics Engineering major. The staff consists of Ken Stafford, Brad Miller, and Colleen Shaver.

Cyber Blue Design Process: 7 Stages for Continuous Development

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Presented by Christopher Fultz, FRC234, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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An effective design process is an ongoing activity that is focused on continuous learning and improvement. Over the past several years, Cyber Blue has developed a process that is based on methods used by major engineering firms and drives continuous improvements into each new design.

The process follows seven basic stages. The design of the next robot actually begins as soon as the current competition season ends. The team begins with Lessons Learned, which then creates Opportunities for Innovation and Learning. These both happen in the off-season. When the new game challenge is announced, the team begins Concept Development, then Preliminary Design. A formal Design Review completes the next step of Final / Critical Design. The robot is then completed in the Product Realization phase, followed by In Service (Competition) activity. Following the final competition, another Lessons Learned activity is completed and the process repeats.

Viewers will take away knowledge on the value of Continuous Development and utilization of a formalized design process. The presentation will include details on each step as well as recent design examples and lessons from the team.

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