Constructing an improved design of stag beetle robot
The primary objective of this thesis is to develop an existing Stag Beetle robot increased maneuverabillity of the robot. The existing Stag Beetle robot has limited maneuverability and uses acrylic as the primary material for the parts of the body structure, but proved not rigid enough to support the dynamic movement of the robot. Therefore, in this thesis work, there are several mechanical improvements such as, material alteration with a relatively stronger material, and better design in terms of dimension and more rigid and stiffer structure, and also a new motion control. The newly improved design has proven to be more rigid, though heavier, but able to sustain quick movements of the robot that is essential in order for the robot to move relatively faster than the previous one, without the fear of cracks and fractures occurrence in any of the robot's structure. In conclusion, after integrating all systems, there are several maneuvers which can be made by the new Stag Beetle robot, such as forward, strafe, rotate, and backwards, and curve movements. Future developments may include adding more features to the robot, and make the robot smaller to further imitate real life stag beetle.
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