Do you have any ideas for ways to teach students about parts feeders in industry?
Imagine a project that incorporates VEX pneumatics, 3D printing, CAD design, and Robotics all in one! That’s exactly what we did here. I taxed one of my students with this “Going Beyond” activity: Design a pneumatic parts feeder using what you have learned in CIM class so far, and here is what he came up with!
Doesn’t get much better than this! 18 teachers from around the country gathered at the University of Kentucky to learn about CIM for two weeks. They spent two days showing off what they learned by making a factory simulation. The class was broken up into two teams, and both successfully completed their tasks.
The rules were as follows:
Each team must have two Lynxmotion robotic arms
There must be multiple handshakes between pieces of equipment
There have to be at least three different operations
The factory must include VEX
There must be pneumatics or hydraulics involved
The first team built an automated bourbon barrel filling station. It drilled, filled, bunged, transported, stamped and stored barrels.
The second team built a machine that recycled golf balls and turns them into range balls, complete with striping mechanism. Used two Lynxmotion arms, many handshakes, lots of VEX, 3D printed grippers and pneumatics!