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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.

Designing Competitive Manipulators: The Mechanics & Strategy

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Author: Greg Needel

2008 presentation on manipulator design, from both strategy and mechanical design standpoints.

This presentation will cover basic topics for how to build and design functional and successful manipulators for FIRST competition robots. The main topics that will be covered in the presentation are mechanics, design, implementation, using the KOP, and good design practice. Under mechanics I will be covering basic calculations that are required, including strength of materials, torque, and mechanical advantage. In the design section of the presentation I will be showing examples of different arm designs and mechanisms. Implementation will discuss different ways of using the arm designs to accomplish the goal of the game. Using the Kit of Parts will reveal different options on running the manipulators; pneumatics vs. motors, off the shelf components, etc. Finally I will be touching on designing within your capabilities covering topics such as using the tools available, material selection and KISS method.

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