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Factory simulations from UK show off automation

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!

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2015 CIM CTI Factory Smackdown!

Awesome factories built by teachers at CIM CTI this year!

What do you get when you put a bunch of teachers together, teach them about industrial robotics and automation, then give them VEX and Lynxmotion robots?  Factories of course!   See some of the spectacular projects teachers from around the country have come up with in the videos below. The idea is to take all that you have learned in two weeks, and apply it to a factory that you build in a day. So what you see is a culminating activity that these teachers put together, video, then tear down in a mere 24 hours.  Nice job everyone!  Keep the videos coming…
University of Kentucky’s 2015 Factory that includes an AGV, multiple robotic arms, and sorts items with a light sensor. It simulates a recycling facility.
CalPoly’s 2015 Factory that Assembles the lid to a container that was built in the previous unit of the CIM course. 
That’s right…. CalPoly built TWO factories this year! This one does a powder coating operation on a metal part. 
UMBC’s CIM team made one that inflates footballs for the New England Patriots!
Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) entry is a factory that builds and tests nerf darts!
Would you like to see a playlist of older factories built at previous CTI’s?  CLICK HERE
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Example Factories

Question:

Do you have any sample factories I can show my students to get them excited?

Solution:

Sure do…. see the links below!  Be sure to send us any that you and your students do… we would love to feature them here!

CalPoly’s 2015 Factory that Assembles the lid to a container that was built in the previous unit of the CIM course.

That’s right…. CalPoly built TWO factories this year! This one does a powder coating operation on a metal part.

Would you like to see a playlist of older factories built at previous CTI’s? Click on the video below to get a playlist of many more.

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HOW’D IT GO FOR THE 20XX CTI FACTORY SMACKDOWN?

This post is ARCHIVED, meaning that it was posted back in the dark ages!  It has been updated to include a playlist from factories at CTI’s around the country, all the way back to 2010!

 

Factory_Smackdown_V3_SmallQuestion:

How’d the 2012 CTI Factory Smackdown shake out?

Answer:

Glad you asked! What a year! There were many factories that blew away last year’s competition. The great thing about this year was the fact that there were some “real” factories. That’s right, they actually made something!

See the videos below to see what happened nationwide at PLTW CIM CTI’s this summer.

29 different factory videos from around the country HERE!

     

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