We have since moved away from this system in favor of an omnidirectional capable design. We'll post those models soon.
|Wooden Pendulum Structure (Gabe Bentz, 2015)|
A plywood pendulum structure. Considered for its cost and manufacturing benefits was one early direction based off of the initail conceptual design. though, chunkier, it ensured that all budget constraints would be met.
|Hybrid Material Linear Actuator Design (Gabe Bentz, 2015)|
A complete pendulum mechanism composed of aluminum and wood was later created. This system utilized a linear actuator to attain the side motion of the pendulum. It was going to use the actuator to pull cables which would swing the pendulum from side to side. This methodology put the weight of the motor used for side to side motion at the end of the pendulum which helped ensure the pendulum bob had the mass requirements to provide enough torque
|Complete system for simulation with a Carbon Fiber Sphere (Gabe Bentz, 2015)|