Robotic Vacuum (Wal-E)


Project Description

The objective for this summer was to built an autonomous robotic vacuum that could collect lead, dust, and other particles in indoor shooting ranges. The robotic was intended to be pneumatic while only allowing conductive materials to be in contact with the air and having no components that connect to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

To accomplish these tasks, we researched pneumatic systems, Arduinos, programming, and circuitry, among other things to acquire knowledge regarding the project. Using this knowledge, we printed pneumatic components using 3D printers, while also designing a chassis for our robotic using CAD software, specifically SolidWorks.

We constructed a prototype for our robot by first designing and setting up a pneumatic system containing components such as a blower, sensors, an Arduino, valves, wheels, all of which were connected using piping, wiring, and connectors.

UCSB California NanoSystems InstituteNAVFACONRz-NAVAIRC-NAVSEA