Attaching the Solar Panel Picker to our Frame
Date: July 11, 2018
Members Attending: Kira
Mechanism: Solar Panel Picker
Yesterday and today we spent our time attaching the Solar Panel Picker to our frame. The challenge here was to build something that would lie flush against the ground but also not take up too much space in the robot. That is why we decided to build a loose joint in addition to the one driven by the servo.
We started by proving our concept and attaching the picker to a servo using uncut extrusions. They are far too big, but enough to see whether our idea would work or not.
Since this was far too wobbly we went on to attach two further extrusions parallel to the ones driven by the motor.
This already worked quite well. (We tested it out and wrote a little program for it) However it was still slightly wobbly and the extrusions needed to be cut to the right length. We did all that today. Now it is quite sturdy and looks a lot sleeker.