Week 6: Prototyping our design

In Week 6, we began prototyping our design for the half-scale suspension. We had two objectives for this prototype: to determine whether our design auto-levels and to see the severity of swinging.

We built our prototype out of popsicle sticks, pulleys, and nuts and bolts, then guided it along a wire track. We discovered that even at extreme angles, the prototype did indeed auto-level with the influence of gravity only. However, there was significant swinging whenever our prototype came to a stop.

Overall, we feel like we have learned much from this prototype. Next, we will begin the process of finding ways to lessen the swinging. If we do not find an adequate solution, we will explore our backup designs.


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