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.

Fast Track Your Robot Design

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Presented by Phil Dollan, Autodesk, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

The presentation with audio is available through the link(s) on the right. Due to internet connectivity issues during recording, it is possible that some videos may have low quality audio at times, cut in and out, or not show video at all times.

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You have six weeks to move from the early concept designs of your robot, to detailed engineering, simulation and then documentation. In this workshop we will use Autodesk products to show how you can quickly develop your robot design. Assembling supplied components from the Kit of Parts, adding bolted connections, designing gears and shaft s, simulating and analyzing moving parts, and creating documentation are just some of the work flows you will experience.

Software used or referenced throughout this workshop includes Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Inventor Publisher, and Autodesk Showcase.

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