The TrickFire Robotics mechanical design team is responsible for designing the frame of the robot and all electromechanical subsystems on the rover, including the excavation arm, bin, and drivetrain. This team is also responsible for determining which tools are needed in order to manufacture the robot.
Mechanical design is a subject that takes a long time to learn. Our goal is to teach anybody who is interested, but patience and practice is key to understanding. We recommend you begin by allowing us to teach you about our system and taking on smaller projects before jumping into more complex tasks. Once you get into the rhythm though, the experience you gain from working with us will be of tremendous value; our team is always striving to incorporate engineering best practices to legitimize our design process and provide you with marketable skills.
TrickFire Robotics offers a unique opportunity for students to apply the skills they learn in class to real world problems.
Understanding how to read specification sheets, specify mechanical and electromechanical components, design power transmission systems, and utilize 3D modeling alongside engineering simulation software are all skills you will gain from joining the mechanical team. We also determine the manufacturing process for all of our custom-made parts, and devise assembly methods for build season. Joining the Mechanical team will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience for the job field.
Additionally, Trickfire offers experience working in groups and on interdisciplinary projects
The mechanical team currently uses SolidWorks to design subsystems, as well as simulate motion and stresses on the rover. Students on the team will use SolidWorks to perform kinematic and kinetic analysis on rover subsystems.
Materials selection is an ongoing area of interest to the mechanical team. Materials with high strength-to-weight ratios are present in all subsystems, as they provide integrity to the robot’s structure without disqualifying us on account of being too heavy. We are also seeking to utilize more impact resistant metals that resist deformation from unexpected loading.