Redesigning the Body

After updating the robot’s chassis to correct existing issues – and to accommodate additional components – the body of the robot was also redesigned.

3D model of updated body in Fusion 360

3D model of updated body in Fusion 360

top view of 3D model

top view of 3D model

The new form allows for complete separation between all “skeletal” components of the robot, and the outside container. What this means is that the body can be easily removed and replaced without altering the position of the ultrasonic sensor or IR sensors/lights.

Additionally, this model includes divets for 5-6 solar panels to be attached, as we move forward with implementing solar energy for powering & charging the Sunbots. For now, the panels are situated at a 40 deg angle on the robot’s exterior – though we are about to start experiment with adjustable solar panels to account for differences in sunlight.

Like the previous prototype, this one was also fabricated with sliced forms of cardboard:

laser cut body

laser cut body

body seen from top

body seen from top

body seen from bottom

body seen from bottom

solar panel fitting into divet

solar panel fitting into divet (not attached)

 

 

While the slice-forms offer no place to attach the solar panels with screws/etc. – the panels fit snugly within the divets. In the future – with a solid prototype – we will need to find a way to secure the solar panels while keeping their wires accessible.

 

 

 

body with solar panels laying on top

body with solar panels laying on top

 

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