Robotics is one of my true passions and has been my main extracurricular in high school. I’ve been doing robotics for 9 years and what I’ve learned along the way has been invaluable. Not only has it shown me what I want to do for the rest of my life, but it’s taught me how to do those things effectively as well. Throughout the 9 years I've been doing this, I've learned everything from Computer Aided Design to how to effectively manage teams and run a business. These skills have proved essential to my success not only in high school but as skills for later in life as well.

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Here's a little 3 day side project I worked on this summer. It's a skateboard rack specifically designed to clamp onto the side of a dorm loft bed. At Purdue, a lot of students have large electric skateboards which take up a lot of space and tend to be quite heavy. With this, we can save a lot of space while ensuring that these expensive, heavy boards are securely hung. If you are interested in one of these mounts, be sure to contact me! I have a few extras from the initial batch and can do another one if I get enough orders.


Initial Design Drawings (final design ended up being revised)




CAD Drawings (Initial on left and Final on right)




Final Product

Here is my latest solo project: a 3D printed and laser cut hexapod I designed to learn Fusion 360 and how to manage large amounts of motors computationally. It was initially intended to be fully laser cut and was not due to budget limitations. It's controlled by an Arduino and has a total of 18 servos (3 per leg) which must be moved synchronously in order to keep the robot balanced.


Initial CAD Renders




End Product

This is what the physical product ended up looking like. It's made out of laser cut plywood and 3D printed parts coming out at a third the price of the metal design.




Videos

Here are some demo videos of the bot running. What you'll notice here is that one arm or another will fail to work in some circumstances. That isn't due to software but rather connectivity issues that are going to be addressed in the future.




What's next?

I fixed a host of dead servos and connectivity issues that had come from strenuous testing and improper wire management. For now, this project is on hold until I find interest in it again or it gets handed off to someone who wants to write some more serious code for it potentially continuing on my plans to create a User Interface to drive it with semi-automated controls.