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Developing and Teaching Modular Robots

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Manufacturing Division Technical Session - Robotics and Manufacturing

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Robert Morris University (RMU). He also serves as the Senior Director of the RMU Outreach and Innovation Center. He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He is also a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE). He has been actively involved in ASEE and SME organizations and conducted research in Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Device Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and CAE in Manufacturing Processes fields.

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This study focuses on development and teaching modular industrial robots to students from a variety of levels including high school and college. Initially, MOSS modular robotics system, a robotic toy, was chosen as the development platform. However, it was not found to be adequate for most of the industrial robot configurations, excluding the articulated robot arm. Thus, additional components were designed by two engineering students and made to be interfaced with the existing MOSS modules to accomplish configurations like selectively compliant articulated robot arm (SCARA) and cylindrical robots. The newly developed robot configurations are programmed through C programming language within the Visual Studio coding environment. MOSS robotics system was utilized due to its user-configurable modular robotic structure giving an additional dimension to the learning experience since it is a true modular robotic system. After the initial development work, a high-school workshop was conducted in collaboration with a neighboring school district led by the two engineering students who designed the modifications. The current development efforts include design of an Arduino-based modular structure and possible use of self-configuration. This paper includes the detailed sketch of the development efforts, engineering students’ reflections on the development project, design and delivery of the high school workshop including high school student feedback, and possible future college level curricular designs for modular industrial robotics for industrial, mechanical, and manufacturing engineering programs. The paper is concluded with future work concepts including possible kinematics and dynamics modeling of these industrial robot configurations through simulation tools such as DELMIA or MapleSIM, along with use of machine learning for self-configuration.

Sirinterlikci, A. (2021, July), Developing and Teaching Modular Robots Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36939

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