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STONY POINT HS -- ROUND ROCK ISD

Design Problem Marble Sorter


Project 3.3.1 VEX and RobotC
Bryan Coleman, Cole McGowan, Logan McDaniel
4-8-16

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Design Brief
Final Design Pictures
RobotC Code
Reflections
References
Appendices
Dispenser Brainstorming
Sorter Brainstorming
Bins Brainstorming
Design Modifications

DESIGN BRIEF
Client
Company:

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Target
Consumer:

Society

Designer(s):

Bryan Coleman, Logan McDaniel, and Cole


McGawn

Problem
Statement:

The National Recreation Park Association (NRPA)


has asked your team to develop a solution to a
growing problem in their parks. The association
has placed dumpsters for recyclable material
throughout the parks. They have a sorting facility;
however, they need a device that will sort the
recyclable material.

Design
Statement:
Problem
Statement:

Design, model, and test a device that will separate


recyclable materials.

1. Separation process must be fully automated.


2. Must successfully separate commingled
recyclable materials into individual holding bins.
3. Recyclable materials include 3 different -in.
material spheres totaling 15. Examples could
include steel, aluminum, wood, opaque plastic,
and clear plastic.
4. Must be efficient2 minute max for completion
of sorting process.
5. Must not be larger than 24L x 12W x 18H
6. Must make efficient use of materials.

Final Design Pictures

ROBOTC CODE
task main()
{
int motorCount;

//makes a motor count

motorCount=0;

//starts the motor count

at 0
while(motorCount < 25)
{
setServo(port8,-50);

//lets the motor count until 25


//neutral position of

bridge
setServo(port9,-20);
//neutral position of gate
{
while(SensorValue(lineFollower)<1000)
//for the wood marble
{
setServo(port8,20);
//make the bridge point
backwards
}
}
wait(3.5);
//time between the gate being opened and bridge
moving
setServo(port8, -70);
//for the metal and clear marble
move bridge forward
wait(1);
//time
until it sets back to neutral
setServo(port9,-127);
//opens gate
wait(0.14);
//times the gate to close, allowing only
one marble to pass
motorCount = motorCount + 1;
//what makes the motor count,
count
}
}

REFLECTIONS
A) How well did you accomplish your objectives, discuss your success for EACH of the 6
constraints?
We believe that we made our marble sorter fully automated and made it able to sort the
different marbles into separate bins. There were indeed three different kinds of marbles, five
each, and they were steel, wood, and clear. The marble sorter completed the task in a little
over a minute out of the two minutes given, and the dimensions were 17.5L x 8W x 8.5H -well within the boundaries established. We used very little parts and had no spares as well.
B) What would your team do differently with your design solution (min 3 things) and why?
C) Do the results fulfill the problem statement, if not what was missing (The problem
statement from the design brief is The National Recreation Park Association (NRPA) has
asked your team to develop a solution to a growing problem in their parks. The
association has placed dumpsters for recyclable material throughout the parks. They have
a sorting facility; however, they need a device that will sort the recyclable material.) ?

D) If you had more time, what would you do differently or what would you add . (Give a
minimum of one thing for each PART: Dispenser, Sorter, Bins)

REFERENCES
Bins:
http://bpabrinton.weebly.com/marble-sorter.html
https://prezi.com/unvo7fc9zo0v/project-331-design-problem-marble-sorter/
http://www.schooltube.com/video/35826ad08e476af29fed/PLTW-POE-VEX-material-sorter
http://www.schooltube.com/video/ab03ac07dfb4e85e37ff/Vex-marble-sorter
http://www.teachertube.com/video/fischertechnik-marble-sorter-60192

Marble Sorter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpqIDKP5bBc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbOEmqHfaqo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7kstvMNOho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV92YD1_Sd4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSz0ueOfX5M

Marble Dispenser:
http://bpabrinton.weebly.com/marble-sorter.html
http://www.schooltube.com/video/35826ad08e476af29fed/PLTW-POE-VEX-material-sorter
http://alexanderrt.weebly.com/marble-material-sorter.html
http://crofootportfolio.weebly.com/marble-sorter.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB3n3Zs259U

APPENDICES

DISPENSER BRAINSTORMING

SORTER BRAINSTORMING

BINS BRAINSTORMING

PARTS LIST
line follower
3 gusset pivot c
2 c-channel 1x2x1x15
2 chassis rail 2x1x16
1 rack bracket
2 bar 1x4
Servo motor
A cup
2 rack brackets
5) 3 drive shafts
5x5 plate
1x5 bar
1x2x1x25 c channel
1x25 bar
servo motor
5) chassis bars 2x1x16
2 gusset angle

DESIGN MODIFICATIONS