We settled on a strategy that focuses on collecting balls from the base of the tower. We wanted to do this with a machine that can mostly just position itself in front of the tower and then sweep many balls under it continuously, guiding them to the goal without moving.
|steps of our strategy|
Our final concept does this with a sort of "waterwheel" device on the front, and a fence that extends from the back with a rack and pinion mechanism.
|final hand sketch of our design|
|our styrofoam sketch model|
We created a Solidworks model that shows clearly how the modules of the machine will work together and how the motors and power transmission methods will function.
|Solidworks side view emphasizing how the machine interacts with ping pong balls|
We are very enthusiastic about this design and look forward to building it.