My capstone team and I were tasked with the analysis and redesign of a cable-suspended parallel robot that could be used in masonry as a form of modular scaffolding. The concept was articulated by Dr. Russell Gentry of Georgia Tech's School of Architecture. He recognized that an inordinate amount of time was spent setting up scaffolding structures on masonry construction sites. As our team sponsor, Dr. Gentry requested we redesign and evaluate a previously commissioned prototype and explore solutions that would increase worksite efficiency.
Our team designed a new system based on a threaded drum assembly that could control the transport of a scaffold end effector. The solution required utilizing principals in material analysis, programming, control theory and the evaluation of economic viability. By the end of the term, the team presented Dr. Gentry with a detailed report on a newly constructed prototype and the parameters of a fully scaled system.
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