Learning robotics is a great way to learn CAD and engineering principles. Using the VEX EDR kit, this course takes you through the assembly of a clawbot robot using Autodesk Fusion 360™, a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM solution. This course covers all aspects of Fusion 360, including creating an assembly structure, creating assembly and detail drawings, a parts list, and rendering and animating the robot design. You'll learn how to design your own part or assembly to attach to the robot and the steps required to 3D print your designs.
After completing this course, students will:
- Complete the Fusion 360: Foundational Concepts course.
- Using Fusion 360, assemble robot components to create the VEX EDR Clawbot.
- Create assembly and detail drawings of your robot.
- Create rendered images of your robot.
- Create animations of an exploded view of your robot.
- Design a custom part or assembly for your robot and 3D print the design.
Contents and Overview
This course consists of 10 sections that include lectures and hands-on exercises that guide you in the modeling and prototyping of a VEX EDR clawbot robot. Each lesson includes comprehensive lecture presentations, project resources, and a final course assessment.
Before we begin our design work, we’ll review several foundational concepts that help you anticipate necessary modifications to your designs during the engineering and manufacturing phases.
We’ll then work through the assembly process for the drive mechanism, clawbot arm, claw, and gear to the robot. Next, we’ll walk you through how to document the design by creating drawings of the assembly and detail drawings of a robot component. You’ll then learn how to create photorealistic images of the robot in the Render workspace. These animations can be published and shared with the design team.
In the final lessons of the course, we’ll focus on designing, assembling, and documenting a custom robot part. One design proposal is to design a holder for a cell phone that can be attached to the robot.
At the end of the course, you’ll take a course assessment that demonstrates your expertise and shows you where you might need more practice.
About VEX Robotics
VEX Robotics creates tools that educators and mentors will use to shape the learners of today into the problem-solving leaders of tomorrow. VEX Robotics envisions a world where every student has the opportunity to be inspired by the excitement of hands-on STEM learning and knows the feeling of creating something with technology. VEX wants people of all ages and backgrounds to recognize that creative problem solving is fun and see its importance in shaping a better future.