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  MicroRobotics Project
  ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN
  SENIOR YEAR
   
  ASSIGNMENT
  WORK WITH DIFFERENT ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES TO REDESIGN A "MICROROBOT" DESIGNED FOR AUTONOMOUS RESEARCH APPLICATIONS  
   
  PROJECT FLAVOR  
  HOW CAN A DESIGNER INFLEUNCE PROJECT DIRECTION IN AN ENGINEERING WORLD?  
EXISTING DESIGN AND TEAM PHOTO
CONCEPT AND AESTHETIC GENESIS
Here I explored small toy like forms to try and establish a playful aesthetic quality to play off the highly technical interior. After reviewing some concepts, our group decided on an octagonal form for the main unit which would be a modular case designed to fit each separate layer.

MODULAR CASE DESIGN
After quickly deciding on an aesthetic style, I began forming a concrete direction. Much of the design was hindered by problematic engineering. The main goal was to create a modular case that could fit six different types of PCB layers. Other main factors were cost, environmental effects, expendability, and complete integration with all layers. My involvement was pushed back until the internal components were finished. Once all engineering problems were fixed, I quickly created a final design that could be sent to the rapid prototype facility.
FINAL ENGINEERING PROTOTYPE COMPONENT BREAKDOWN
Working alongside a mechanical engineer and industrial engineer, we compiled a 3-D model of our final design, and then had two functional prototypes built, Once we assembled the parts,and ran extensive tests, we showed our working prototype to our sponsor, fellow peers, and individuals from the robotics, engineering, and marketing professions.
FINAL PRESENTATION POSTER