Our head mentor recently bought a 3D printer, and is letting our team use it to fabricate parts for our robots this coming season. We are very excited to experiement with different designs, prototypes, custon nuts and bolts, and even different materials. Things that we have already printed include a 3D maze for use with a ball bearing, a stretchy bracelet, a comb, a chain that printed in one peice, and even a soprano ukulele!
One of our team members, Nick, has done a lot of work in CAD, and we are planning to put his skill to good use this year as we are designing our next competition robot. We especially want to experiement with different end effector designs. We think that it will be very useful to have some of our components in one peice, instead of trying to weld, bolt, rivet, or otherwise attatch different peices together to make a larger component. If any other teams have ideas that they want to share with us on how to use our 3D printer, or have experience using them to make robot peices and have tips to share, we would love to hear from you!