CAD & Design
Before a robot is created, it must be planned out with a design. CAD (Computer Aided Design) is one of the best ways to design, dimension, and build a robot virtually before actually building it in the real world.
What is CAD?
CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. In our first year, the team evaluated Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks. We decided to use SolidWorks for our design, one of the best softwares on the market. SolidWorks has helped us detect stress issues, simulate for interference of parts, design components to get an idea of how they will fit on the robot, and create cool animations for teh 2016-17 competition season. For the 2018 season we moved to Autodesk Inventor and have been using it successfully to model our design ideas.
What has the Charging Champions done with CAD?
We have created many designs and built 3 full robots on it. We also used it in the initial stage for assembling many different chassis and giving the robot build team an idea of what designs should be created and why. This helped avoid build churns.
CAD has been an integral part of our design and build process. We recommend that teams use CAD extensively as it is easier and quicker to model assemblies, parts, and diagrams.
CAD animation video (2018-2019)
CAD animation video (2017-2018)
CAD animation video (2016-2017)