Prototyping the Back of the Fuel Cube Collector: Conveyor
Date: June 16, 2018
Members Attending: Alexis, Kira, Robert
Mechanism: Conveyor, Fuel Cube Collector
Todo: Build second ramp, attach joint
Attach to frame
After having proved that our mechanism for the fuel cube collector using the pulleys works, we decided to build a better designed and stronger prototype.
The general idea for the construction sketched out in the picture below.
For this we first had to plan out the construction. We wanted to drive one conveyor belt with one motors. For this we planned on connecting both sides with a chain underneath that runs underneath the cubes. The pulleys are mounted underneath the topmost extrusion to make building a joint easier.
For testing purposes, we first built it without cutting the extrusions and connecting them with lap-corner-brackets.
We tested this out and it worked quite well. The next step will be to cut the extrusions to the right length and build the frame with 90 degree brackets instead of lap-corners. After building two frames of this kind, we will have to join them, and then mount them to the frame.