Today, we went through and designed the superstructure frame that would hold the robot together. We started by looking at our objectives for the superstructure:
- The superstructure needs to support the revolver and the valve block.
- The superstructure needs to support the SCUBA tanks.
- The superstructure should hold the battery.
We took our design objectives and decided that building a frame out of 1/2″ aluminum plate would allow us to build a very strong and light frame. We designed several interlocking 1/2″ aluminum plates which will be welded to form the superstructure chassis. The frame will contain cradles to contain the SCUBA tanks as well as bars that will close down on top of the tanks to lock them in place.