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Portable Pneumatic Demonstrator For Stem Education, Joe Chege, Tyler Helmus, John Lumkes Aug 2014

Portable Pneumatic Demonstrator For Stem Education, Joe Chege, Tyler Helmus, John Lumkes

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

This project involves the development of a compact and portable pneumatic demonstrator. Using two pneumatic actuators and four solenoid valves, we are able to move an arm on both the X and Y-axes; one actuator for each range of motion. The setup also employs an air pump and a tank to maintain pressure for the actuators. On the actuators there is an arm that holds a camera, a stepper motor and an electromagnet. The stepper motor raises and lowers the electromagnet which is used to pick up objects. The camera is used to automatically identify objects for when the demonstrator ...