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MAKER: Candy Crane Robot

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Make It!

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26.1114.1 - 26.1114.9



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Andy Zhang New York City College of Technology

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Dr. Andy S. Zhang received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 1995. He is currently the program director of a mechatronics project in the New York City College of Technology/CUNY. For the past 10 years, Dr. Zhang has been working on bringing mechatronics technology to the undergraduate engineering technology curricula and on helping high school students to learn mechatronics through FIRST Robotic Competition events.

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Angran Xiao New York City College of Technology, City University of New York Orcid 16x16

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Angran Xiao is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.

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Bijan Bayat Mokhtari Aalto University, New York City College of Technology

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Ali Harb

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Title- Maker: Candy Crane RobotAbstract:Candy Crane is a custom-made robot that looks like a traditional tower crane and is used to pick candiesby the young users for fun and for learning mechatronics product design. The tower structure is madefrom either aluminum C-channels or plastics made from 3D printer. Two 12V DC motors and severallimit switches are used to control the movement of the crane. A miniature crane to be held by the useris equipped with a linear potentiometer and rotary potentiometer and is used to control the movementof the big tower crane wirelessly through a blue tooth module. An Arduino microcontroller is used as amaster to send the movement commands from the miniature crane to the Lego Mindstorm’s NXT Brickmounted on Candy Crane. The NXT Brick serves as a slave to relay the commands to drive the DC motorsto place the hook to proper location. Once the hook is in the right position, the user can send the hookdown to pick up the candy of his/her choice. The user can learn mechanical design, electronic design andprogramming from the mechatronic toy.

Zhang, A., & Xiao, A., & Bayat Mokhtari, B., & Harb, A. (2015, June), MAKER: Candy Crane Robot Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24451

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