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Intern in 347-C: Extreme Environment Robotics

NASA JPL

Concept development of sample tube storage for the Mars Sample Return Campaign 

PRODUCT DESIGN, ENGINEERING

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I conceptualized a storage system for sample tubes collected form Mars surface by the 2027 Rover. A robotic gripper is designed to autonomously collect tubes and deposit into the storage rack. Determined environmental and mission related constraints to pursue compliant flexure and clip based gripper mechanisms.

Clip geometry brainstorming. Explored gripper designs for easy insertion and harder removal, high torque grip and different springs.

Spring

Flexure

3D printed spring loaded grippers

After exploring a breadth of shapes, I selected three to analyze in depth by prototyping and testing tube insertion & removal with a robotic arm.

If you would like to learn more about my experience in design engineering, you can take a look at my class projects from MIT here. Alternatively, you can check out the adaptive game controller, luggage as furniture or ergonomic tiling assistant for more of my prototyping work. 

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