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Design and Fabrication of Beetleweight Combat Robot with Hubless Equator Blade

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference

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Virtual

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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

End Date

April 17, 2021

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Posters and Workshops

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Workshops and Posters

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1

DOI

10.18260/1-2--38262

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https://peer.asee.org/38262

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Jonathan Key University of Indianapolis

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I am a four-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Indianapolis.

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James T Emery II University of Indianapolis

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James Emery is the Laboratory Manager for Mechanical Systems at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis. Prior to coming to the University of Indianapolis James worked as a lead model maker at a scale model wind tunnel.

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Elliot Motato University of Indianapolis

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PhD Mechanical Engineering
Michigan State University

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Joseph B Herzog University of Indianapolis Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-2441-6169

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Joseph B. Herzog is an Assistant professor in the R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis. He chose to come to the University of Indianapolis because he is passionate about teaching, is excited about the direction of the new R.B. Annis School of Engineering, is glad to return to his engineering roots, and is happy to be close to his extended family. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Arkansas. He is truly grateful for his time at the University of Arkansas, and enjoyed his department, students, and the campus. While in Fayetteville, he also served as a faculty in the Microelectronics-Photonics Program and the Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame working in the Nano-Optics Research Lab with J. Merz and A. Mintairov. After this he was a Welch Postdoctoral Research Associate, researching plasmonic nanostructures at Rice University with Douglas Natelson in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. In the summer of 2017 he was a Fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC working with Jake Fontana on tunable subnanometer gap plasmonic metasurfaces as part of the Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program. At the NRL he worked in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, which is a division of the Materials Directorate at the NRL. His experience also includes working for Intel Corporation both in Hillsboro, OR and Santa Clara, CA; and he worked at the Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung m.b.H. (BESSY - Berlin electron storage ring company for synchrotron radiation) in Berlin, Germany, researching ultra thick high-aspect-ratio microfabrication. His research focuses on experimental nano-optics, including plasmonics, nanofabrication, computational modeling, and photonic crystals.

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Abstract

A team of undergraduate engineers from the University of Indianapolis R.B. Annis School of Engineering has designed and fabricated a combat robot for a national competition in the Beetleweight division, which is less than 3 lbs. In the combat robot event, student teams designed and created a single custom-built machine that employs one or more methods of destroying or disabling their robot competitor. This robot is remotely controlled with an RF device and has been designed to meet all of the specifications and requirements of the combat robot event, as outlined in the competition manual. For Phase I of the design project, the team has researched past events and the contest manual to come up with the most important constraints and design decisions for the project. For Phase II, the team has proposed three preliminary conceptual designs and has chosen which design to develop further, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of design alternatives. The next phase, Phase III included fabrication, testing, and optimization of multiple subsystems, like the communication, weapon, and drivetrain. Phase IV has finalized the design and prepared it for final roll-out, which includes the fabrication of two identical robots for competition and part replacement. This work will highlight the design tools used including a morphological chart and Fusion 360, and strategies used in the design process to lead and manage a team of engineers, including a Gantt chart.

Key, J., & Emery, J. T., & Motato, E., & Herzog, J. B. (2021, April), Design and Fabrication of Beetleweight Combat Robot with Hubless Equator Blade Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38262

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