April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021
April 25, 2021
Engineering design uses simulation tools as a fundamental element in industry to aid in engineering design and development. Simulation tools provide insight to key specific aspects of a design while providing insight to trade-offs within the design space. One key area includes robotics and automation systems which are complex designs requiring elements of software, electronics, and mechanical systems to interoperate collectively. To achieve a successful design in this area, simulation becomes a vital phase within these domains to ensure each element operates as intended and that all elements integrate correctly at a system level. During the 2020 academic year, although COVID19 altered how students were able develop and showcase their work, however it provided students the opportunity to fully realize and embrace simulation tools. The students from Cal Poly Pomona were able to develop and validate a full simulation of a robotic system that integrated computer vision, mechanical design, and user interface development for their work on Project Ponderosa
Project Ponderosa is a continuing joint effort between Cal Poly Pomona and Boys Republic High School to develop a robot system that aids in the manufacturing of Christmas Wreaths by Boys Republic. In prior years, work was performed on the Boys Republic High School campus by Cal Poly Pomona students as they developed and built various robot and automation systems. However, when COVID19 occurred, the Cal Poly Pomona team transitioned their engineering effort to construct a design and validation of a robotic system as a continued effort. This also provided them an opportunity to share with Boys Republic the ongoing design and allowed the customer to gain insight during the design and development phases. Upon completion of their efforts, the Cal Poly Pomona engineering students were able to demonstrate to Boys Republic the next generation robot system design using a robot system simulation tool that included the mechatronics, electronics, computer vision, fluid dynamics and user control interfaces for the system. As a result of the COVID19 shutdowns, the students were able to gain a deeper understanding and benefit of simulation specifically applied to robot designs.
Boskovich, S. M., & Burns, C. (2021, April), Project Ponderosa - Bridging Robot Simulation with Design Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference - "Pushing Past Pandemic Pedagogy: Learning from Disruption", Virtual. https://peer.asee.org/38246
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