PreSept

The 2016-2017 Robotics Capstone team PreSept consists of mechanical and electrical engineering students who are designing and developing an hexapod robotic platform.

PreSept Logo

The purpose of the project is to design and build a legged robot capable of competing in the 2017 RoboGames Walker Challenge and interface with an optionally attached manipulator. The competition course is 3-meters-long and covered with various objects to create an unstable surface, which the legged robot must traverse quickly.


PreSeptapod
PreSeptapod


To optimize for the competition, a hexapod configuration was selected by team PreSept. Furthermore, a tripod gait was implemented for walking, allowing the hexapod to move quickly while remaining stable. To allow the hexapod to interface with the manipulator, a serial communication protocol is implemented to allow for communication. Finally, while the manipulator is attached, the hexapod moves with a wave gait, which is slower, but allows five legs to always remain on the ground. This project has been co-sponsored by the College of Engineering, by the Undergraduate Research Institute, by Aptus Aerospace, and by the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory.


PreSept Team
Team members from left to right: Steven Rudrich (EE), Sarah Pearson (EE), Magnus Bergman (ME), Kristin Sandager (ME), David Olson (EE), Davis Fischer (ME), Kevin Horn (ME), Mariah Sampson (ME), Evan Kline (ME), and Trentin Post (ME).







Scorpius Team

Scorpius Team