It’s GUESTRAVAGANZA! This is a guest post by Steve Wilson of Ohio State University.
I am a senior mechanical engineering student at Ohio State currently and will be graduating in the spring. My girlfriend showed me Wasted Talent a few years ago and I've been reading ever since.
Here is a link to a video of my kinematics and dynamics of machinery project that I did this past spring. We decided to go well beyond what we needed and eventually ended up with an eight legged, radio controlled, walking robot. As far as the engineering goes, we used analytical linkage analysis (basically a bunch of vector loops) which I was able to program into Matlab and generate the foot location and an animation of the linkage. There was also a Solidworks model and animation of the mechanism. All of the acrylic was cut with a CNC LASER cutter. The drive system was taken directly out of an RC tank so that we had separate control of both sides to enable us to turn.
Rick "Wolfgang" Geary
Thanks for taking your time to look at this!
Jam: Wow, way to go TEAM- and thanks Steve for sending this in! Way more ambitious than any of my undergrad projects, I can tell you that much.