Advancements and research in technology takes influence from several different sources, some of which is from nature. For example, vehicles and wheeled machines face the challenge of terrain that is not smooth or small obstacles that animals and humans can simple walk through. Thus, the motivation of our project is to build a quadruped robot that will be able to travel through areas it wouldn’t be able to with wheels. This sort of robot can be used to carry needed supplies through areas dangerous for humans without being hindered by the types of obstacles land and air vehicles are held back by.
The main problem that faced with the quadruped robot is understanding and designing how the robot will walk. In nature, for example, a cheetah’s leg is deceptively simple in appearance, but complicated to build one-to-one based on the anatomy present that makes it up. As a result, research for the robot is done by looking up other quadruped robots that was built to fit similar needs to our own on google images. The pictures aided with understanding and developing ideas on how the robot is to be designed. The design is made on Solidworks to test out its motion. Afterwards, it is printed out through a 3D printer so that it may be test for its function before putting together the final design.
In conclusion, what’s learned from the robot’s design is how complicated the design can be, especially when replicating a quadruped animal’s leg on a scale that is reasonable in a short time span. The design that is aimed to be built is on a smaller scale as to show what such a robot can be able to do.