Escape Velocity designed, fabricated and assembled robotic hand kits for Grand Canyon University. The kits were used in an introduction to engineering course as a final project. The robotic hands gave the students an introduction to electronic breadboards, wiring, Microchip microcontrollers, sheet metal, dc motors and to tinkering in general.
Grand Canyon University leveraged Escape Velocity's design and prototyping capabilities in the development of a robotic hand.
In 2015, GCU kicked off their new engineering program. We were fortunate to be involved with a portion of the curriculum development and laboratory layouts. In addition to curriculum development, we designed and developed a robotic hand kit for an introduction to engineering course.
Robotic Hand Kit
For the robotic hand kit project, the goal was to develop a kit that would introduce first semester engineering students to some of the elements of mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering. In consultation with GCU, we determined that a robotic hand would be interesting and would encompass a decently broad spectrum of engineering disciplines. The final design consisted of a sheet metal based hand with a lead screw based linear actuator, a solderless breadboard, and PIC microcontroller based control system. Overall, the first year was successful.
Having identified areas of improvement during the first year, in 2016 Escape Velocity rolled out the second version of the robotic hand kits. The new kits feature improved control software and a redesigned linear actuator that utilizes 3D printed components.