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Star Wars Robotics Competition 

Designing for Robustness and Utility.

Overview

Project

Class

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Star Wars Robotics Competition

Design & Manufacturing I (MIT Course #: 2.007)

Feb - May 2018

Shop Tools - (Mill/Lathe, Drill Press), Sheet Metal Bending, Basic & Advanced Prototyping, Fundamental Calculations for Torque, Center of Mass, etc.

SolidWorks - CAD, Arduino

2.007 was a class that hosted a robotics competition with over 150+ students/participants. In the class, students were required to build robots from scratch in order to earn points by doing different functions on a Star Wars themed playing field, which was composed of 2 floors and shaped like an X-wing.
 

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Objective

The Playing

Field: The

X-Wing

Starfighter

The playing field was modeled after the X-wing Starfighter jet from the Star Wars Series. Two opponents were allowed on the playing field at a time. Each player would start his/her robot(s) in his/her designated color area - one on the left (yellow) and one of the right (green).

I built two separate robots which were controlled by a PS2 Controller in order to perform two different functions. Robot A climbed to the second floor to spin a motor, and Robot B stayed on the first floor to push objects into a trench.

Robot A
(R2-Spin2)

Robot A needed to do a few things. It's main objective was to spin one of the X-Wing's engines (indicated by the red arrow on the first picture in the gallery to the right). The back of the X-wing engine had 4 holes which could be utilized to spin the engine. I made appropriate torque calculations in order to reach the rotational speed the engine needed to be spun for max points (25 rpm), which was located on the second floor.

 

To reach the second floor, Robot A climbed a ramp and spun a wheel in an elevator in order to rise to the 2nd floor. Robot A had a pair of "upper wheels." When they came in contact with the elevator wheel, the upper wheels would spin to activate the elevator.

Robot B was a smaller robot that stayed on the 1st floor. I build a bulldozer-like robot that can push storm troopers into a trench which is diagrammed in the photo gallery to the right. I used a slant because it is a very generic shape that can push  

Robot B
(C-3PO)
Initial Path
Initial Path

Green arrow indicates initial path to the elevator. The red arrow indicates this x-wing motor must be spun for points.

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Elevator Path
Elevator Path

The green arrow continues the initial path shown from the previous photo. The red arrow indicates this wheel needs to be spun to make the platform rise to the second floor.

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Bottom View
Bottom View

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Initial Path
Initial Path

Green arrow indicates initial path to the elevator. The red arrow indicates this x-wing motor must be spun for points.

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Storm Trooper Pusher
Storm Trooper Pusher

Robot B was designed to push storm trooper dolls into a trench on the playing field.

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Path to Push Troopers
Path to Push Troopers

The green arrow indicates the path to the trench. The red outlines the trench the troopers were pushed into.

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Back View
Back View

Servos are tucked underneath the housing.

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Storm Trooper Pusher
Storm Trooper Pusher

Robot B was designed to push storm trooper dolls into a trench on the playing field.

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