Undergraduate Senior Thesis Project: 2015-2016
For my year-long senior thesis project, I designed and fabricated a "one-inch robot." The objective of this project was to create a fixed-base robotic arm where the volume of all of the components above the base is less than one cubic inch. I made SHRIMP: Small High-precision Robot for Item Manipulation and Placement.
SHRIMP is a cylindrical style fixed-base arm that employs stepper, DC, and servo motors for actuation and 3D printed parts for its structural components. SHRIMP runs on an Arduino-based control system, through which a user can control the robot with an interactive smartphone app.
The functional prototype has demonstrated the ability to pick up and manipulate items smaller than 1 mm in size. SHRIMP exhibits significant potential for the continued development of small-scale robotics for use in medicine, manufacturing, and a wide range of other applications.
For this project, I was awarded the Donald Janssen Dike Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, a departmental award given annually to the senior who has excelled in undergraduate independent work.