The goal of this year’s game is to make stacks of totes with recycling containers on the top to score points. We designed our robot to be able to go into the landfill zone to retrieve pairs of totes side by side, rotate, snatch two recycling containers quickly from the step, then begin to make two stacks of totes simultaneously to save time.
TitanBot’s Iron Giant is equipped with a winch on its front side. Attached to the winch is the steel carriage.The carriage is able to pick up one tote from either the short or the long side, two totes, grabbing side-by-side from the handles, or a recycling container.
The two arms located on the rear of the Iron Giant allows it to go into the landfill zone, simultaneously, lift the two recycling containers, and bring them to our side of the field. It also has the ability to set the containers on the ground in an upright position.
The drive train is a rectangular shape. It contains a number of eight wheels total: six six inch omni wheels, two of which are perpendicular and two 4 inch hi-grip wheels. On a flat, leveled surface, only the omni wheels are in contact with the ground. The purpose of this configuration is to be able to move forward and backward, rotate, and be able to move from side to side without having to turn. The ability to move sideways is important in order to save time while positioning the robot in the right spot to drop a tote on top of another.