Engineering Projects/StrandBeest/Howard Community College/fall2012/p3-550-ocm

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Problem Statement[edit | edit source]

Build and design a walking strand beast. A walking mechanical machine.

Look through the different designs, formulate a way to fabricate the required parts and build it.

Team Members[edit | edit source]

Summary[edit | edit source]

In the first week of this project we worked on making crank shafts from different materials. We are making a crank shaft from steel and bolts and We are also working on a legos crank shaft. Previous teams have been unsuccessful in making a working crankshaft. After week one we have made one crankshaft that we believe will work. We are moving forward to begin designing and building the legs and body.

Poster[edit | edit source]

Poster for Strand-Beast

Story[edit | edit source]

Starting out, we had a dilemma, to use the previous groups Lego crank, or redo the work of custom building a crank, such that our design is conformed to the dimensions, or "holey numbers" configured by Theo Jansen as seen here. Currently we are making the new crank out of a different material such that it did not have the bending problem of the previous model.

After we finished cutting out each part, we assembled the crank. We now need to set the correct angles for each leg

After we add the finishing touches to the crank and body of the StrandBeast, we will start designing the legs.

Each of the 3 team members will independently conceptualize their own ideas for the legs of the mechanism over the weekend. Other electronic designs can be seen by clickinghttp here or here The design that is closest to the design that we are building can be seen here

Progress of work with the Lego's.

These bearings are very useful because we can attach the legs on it easily. we made four legs from the legos, and attached them together at 120 degrees, and made a complete crank shaft. It can be seen below in the picture. After making the central crank shaft we made a rectangular frame for the crank shaft. For the frame we took two 6.50 cm bares which had eleven holes with the diameter of 4.80 mm. we put the crank-shaft's axle in the middle hole. After that we measured the length of crank shaft which is approximately 42 cm, and we took two plastic rods with the length of 45 cm. From the ends of these plastic rods we turned them down to 4.80 mm so they can fit in the holes of 6.50 cm long bars.

At the end we just put all the pieces together. Now it is a complete crank shaft, and it can be spun easily.

Progress of work with the wood leg. Tips and tricks are described in the image description.

Continued work with the wooden parts. We decided for the sake of time not to use the aluminum can washers, punching out hundreds of them would prove time consuming.

Some useful videos found here:

A successful toy model from kickstarter found >>here<<

A funny hamster powered strandbeest:

Decision List[edit | edit source]

List all formal decisions made with links to their documentation such as a decision tree or decision matrix.

Material List[edit | edit source]

Materials- A 3 foot X 1/8 inch by 2/3" inch welded steel bar was purchased at Lowes at a cost of $3.57 2-packages of 4-40 1 1/4 inch bolts with nuts, 10 pieces/each, each package. At a cost of $1.18 each. Various parts from a previous project.

A material needs to be determined for the legs and body of the strandbeest.

For each leg: 7 popsicle sticks

2 long screws of undetermined length ~12mm

2 screws 2mm shorter ~10mm

2 screws 2mm shorter ~8mm

14 washers? presuming washers are used

2 triangles built to specs

6 locking nuts/ 12 regular nuts

Software List[edit | edit source]

One of the team member used SAI paint tool to render some of the conceptual designs but other than that, there was no software used in this project short of a calculator.

Time[edit | edit source]

59 hours

Tutorials[edit | edit source]

All projects create new tutorials of technical details future participants are going to want to know. They are going to be separate pages that are linked to here.

Next Steps[edit | edit source]

The next steps to this project are to complete the prototype and begin working on methods to reduce the friction in the legs so that the beest can walk. Also, testing using a rivot gun to assemble the legs. The design worked on during this project, has 6 sets of legs. After assembling 1 set to the frame and crakshaft it was determined that 6 sets would have too much resistance. A design needs to be created that minimizes friction in the legs. Also another area that could be worked on is a design and method for a one wire design for the crankshaft. A method for bending a small steel wire in a precise manner to create a sturdy and stable crankshaft.