2000-2001 multi-university design team would like to thank the Gateway
Coalition and Invacare, the primary sponsors for the robotic arm project. Without their support, this project would not
thanks to the faculty advisors, Dr. Gary Kinzel of The Ohio State University,
Dr. James Menart of Wright State University, and Beth Johnson and Scott Hawkins at Sinclair Community College.
Their guidance and leadership have made this project a highlight in the
college experience of the participating students.
participants at Ohio State would like to thank Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni for his
knowledge and assistance in motor testing, Ted Harper for fabrication of the
motor test stand mount, Joe West for motor testing troubleshooting, and Chris
Fearon and Fred Griesemer for their continued research support and
guidance. Carl Kollar, of Diverse
Electronic Services, was also a great help in choosing electrical hardware and
offering advice. A special thanks also
goes out to Gary Gardener and Keith Rogers for their project saving machining
in the waning hours of the final presentation.
Wright State team would like to thank Greg Wilt for
his technical support, Dennis Hance for his solid modeling expertise, and Tim
Leger and Sean Mortara for establishing an efficient computer network for which
to develop the solid modeling. Special
thanks to Dr. Nathan Klingbeil for his advice in mechanical matters, and Byron
Formwalt from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for his electrical engineering
but not least, we thank Boston Gear (MA) for generously donating the shoulder
and elbow gears, Motoman (Dayton, OH) for their plant tour and advice on robotic arm
development, and KEA Components for donating an analog mini-joystick.
1: Project History