Demonstrate the power of a diverse robotics team.
We are the University of Washington (UW) RoboMasters team. This is our first year being invited to participate in RoboMasters, a fast growing robotics competition held in Shenzhen, China, organized by a world leading drone company DJI. Only the second year of this competition, it already attracts 216 college teams across Asia. We are a collaborative group of engineering students with backgrounds ranging from Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, to Physics and Human Centered Design and Engineering. Together we design, build, and test seven robots from scratch. This competition poses an incredible design challenges that push us as engineering students to apply our studies and inspires us to come up with creative solutions.
In addition, as a team made up of most engineering majors, the UW RoboMasters team performs a very important social function by both introducing interested students to the engineering fields and forming a community of peers within the team.
DJI has provided us with the parts necessary to compete. UW CoMotion department and UW Electrical Engineering has pledged funding after our crowdfunding campaign. Unfortunately, purchasing the necessary parts and traveling to the competition arena incurs additional costs. We are developing the robots, now we need your help to make them better and go to the competition!
- Enhance Engineering and Leadership Experience
- Enrich Intercultural Knowledge and Experience
- Build Competitive well designed robots
- Represent UW and USA as the first USA team in the competition
- Have fun and work collaboratively amongst different disciplines
Making of the Robots
- Designing the models and structure
- 3D Printing the par
- Manufacturing the metal components
- Assembling the robots
- Developing and implementing controls, embedded systems, and computer vision
- Integrating and testing the entire robot system
- Drafting structure and reinforcing plans
The first stage is to design the models and structure of the robots. We measured, drew 3D models and designed metal cuttings. Meanwhile, we started to develop and implement the controls, embedded systems, and computer vision concepts to achieve feedback controls, automatous aiming, targeting, and shooting. The goal of these is to control robots remotely to move in all four directions and to automatically target and shoot golf balls up to 65 feet away with an accuracy within a 31.5 inch diameter circle. While we were designing the outer structures, we entered the manufacturing phase. We went to the steel factories to cut the steels and 3D printed necessary parts. When most of the components were ready, we began to assembly the entire robot together. On the programming side, after we implemented each subsystem, we were to enter a phase of integrating the entire system in code. This phase is centered on one of the most important phases in our development process. Currently, we are still in the development process. However, we did encounter problems and constricts in this process. Some of the problems are shooting speed, shot frequency, power, and bullet load. Our proposed design for this robot involves an Arduino programing board, an NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Computer Vision board, and a STM32 trapezoid board. Each of these boards will be running separate programs that need to communicate with each other. This year, we were lucky to get the most advanced drone Matrice 100 and we would use it for detecting purpose. We are excited to be working on a project that involves problems in so many areas of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. The entire development process is an incredible learning experience because it provides students with an opportunity to work with industrial level equipment and troubleshoot different engineering issues that arise. Following placing day, the team spends roughly two months patching, sanding, and staining the canoe. We are going to create a future of science and technology. We also believe that future of possible lie in our hands. After 9 months of preparation, here we are!
The expenses required to attend the RoboMasters competition are significant. Fortunately, the DJI have promised to contribute additional funds to help offset some of these costs. In addition, we got the support from University of Washington CoMotion that they will match the amount we got from USEED up to $7500. For example, if we get $2000 from USEED platform, then they will match another $2000; if we obtain $8000 from USEED platform, CoMotion will match another $7500. The primary costs of $15000 are included in the graph below:
We took great pride in the work we
have done this year on the UW RoboMasters team. Beyond developing a great
set of robots, we have also gained invaluable experience and priceless skills that
will smooth our transitions from a student in college to an engineer in reality.
Now we want to continue this learning process by developing more advanced systems
and traveling to Shenzhen, China in August. If it were just a matter of keen
minds and diligent man-hours, we would already be at the top. But, as
with any great endeavor, monetary investment is required. We
sincerely appreciate any support that you can offer our team and thank those
that have helped us get where we are today. Go Dawgs!
Help UW RoboMasters Launch into the Future!
This is a great opportunity for students to participate in robotics development, and we would like you to be a part of it. Follow our progress on Facebook, and we will recognize donors proudly through our donors list, on social media! Thank you for taking time to take a look at our initiative, and we hope that you will join us in supporting the next generation of qualified engineers!
Major Sponsors for the UW RoboMasters:
University of Washington CoMotion
University of Washington Electrical Engineering Department
Hezhu Zhang Weiping Teng
8 supporters have chosen not to be listed for "UW RoboMasters".
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Screws and Basics
With your support, we will be able to purchase 5 screws and other equivalent basics which will make up our robots. We need them!
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Field Test Support
Enables us to perform more robot and drone field test with better sensors, relable external structure, and robost armor.
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You are about to make a huge sponsorship on this team, and godfather one of our robot. You could name one of robot, and pick a gender for it. We will send seven robots to Shenzhen, China, and six will show up in the field. Be the first six people to be the Michael Corleone of our robots.