Design a chassis and mobility system for an insect inspired robot. The task is to develop a small robot based on the MiniWhegsTM series that has been pioneered by the Biologically Inspired Robotics Lab at Case Western Reserve University.
The Miniwheg had to conform with the brief specifications, such as its weight, dimensions, top speed, turning circle and maximum obstacle clearance height. These metrics were used to select the optimum components. Throughout the development of this miniwheg, detailed analysis, such as Finite Element Analysis, Component analysis calculations, and bending moment calculations, informed numerous iterations, allowing for rapid development - which improved the final quality of the work. Additional features such as the symmetric four wheel mechanism allowed for a much more dynamic locomotion of the wheg. The swarm capabilities of the design provided beneficial functionality within the scenario of search and rescue missions and a scalable opportunity area with further development potential. This project focused on developing CAD and Engineering Analysis skills.