The mechanical engineering team Just ∫du It! and an electrical engineering (EECE) team from The University of British Columbia collaborated with Science World and its representative John Craver with the objective of retrofitting the original Pneuman exhibit. The original exhibit was a pneumatic pedaling robot that was made to travel around an overhead track, and had fallen into disrepair due to maintenance issues. The scope of the project was divided between the two student teams for their fourth year Capstone projects with the goal of improving the performance of the existing Pneuman system. The design requirements and evaluation criteria were established in order to meet the client’s needs and ensure the design with the best performance was developed for this Telus World of Science exhibit.
This new exhibit will work with the existing Science World exhibits by demonstrating mechanical components through auditory and visual means. A new interactive interface will engage the general public through a website (developed by the EECE team) and inspire further interest in science for all ages. The legs are being constructed on a CNC milling machine in the UBC mechanical engineering machine shop. Unfortunately, it has taken the technician over a month to machine the parts we are therefore still waiting to be able to fully assemble and test it. The attached image is a rendered image from SolidWorks of what the final design will look like.