Date

12-2010

Degree Name

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Lee McFarland

Abstract

As golf becomes a more frequently enjoyed activity, equipment manufacturers such as Hot Stix Golf require updated testing mechanisms to actively compete in their respective markets. One such testing device is a golfing robot nicknamed the “Iron Byron”. Two issues were asked to be addressed for the senior project. First, the robot was practically immobile unless taken apart and moved with a forklift. The request from Hot Stix was to mobilize the robot so that it could easily be transported with minimal use of external help. Secondly, the initial tee-table was both poorly-designed and missing altogether. The new tee-table needed to be vibration-isolated from the robot and able to accurately traverse and record position in three dimensions.

The designs for the project were entirely original and were based on a conglomeration of many ideas developed while researching existing technologies. After a Preliminary Design Review, a final design was selected and various modifications were made along the route to completion. The final design, its modifications, and the complete design process is described in detail in the following report.

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