Custom-machined Main Plate for our newest rover

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Today, we completed an important part of our new Rover Challenge robot for the New York Hall of Science. The central focus of this robot’s design is the Main Plate. This is an intricate aluminum part that we designed on the CAD system and machined on the CNC. It’s 8″ x 15″ x .190″. It’s meant to hold all the servos, electronics, camera turret, and other components of the robot, so it’s the chassis, mounting plate, and wire organizer all at once. It took a while to design it, but we’re very happy with it so far. Keep your fingers crossed we haven’t forgotten anything!


Comments (5)

  1. Arnemann Grender
    July 30th, 2015

    Hello Neighbors!

    Always enjoy reading about your family’s accomplishments.


    Pippa Passes, KY

  2. Andrew Terranova
    July 30th, 2015

    Cool! I didn’t know you were working on a new robot for NYSCI.

  3. Laura
    July 31st, 2015

    Wow. I am so drooling over this. Not having to use mounts for your hardware will make this a sleek, clean bot!

  4. Eliza Cranston
    November 3rd, 2015

    Wow this is a great design for a main-plate! I’m wondering how you find custom machining to make things like this. I always think of designs but don’t know how to get them accomplished. How much do custom jobs like this usually cost?

  5. Camille
    November 26th, 2015

    Eliza, Thank you. We design the parts and machine them ourselves on our own CNC Mill.

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