Help with robot design

Next robotics season will be my third season. I am normally a programmer, but with so many seniors graduating and so few experienced people left, I decided it would be a good idea to learn how to build a little bit as well. Throughout the other two robotics seasons, my teams have had problems producing high quality designed and engineered robots. Is there any advice on what makes a robot design good quality (able to win design award) or bad quality?

The Purdue Sigbots Wiki helps a lot, here’s their document on the engineering design process, notebook, and interviews. All of which contribute to the Design Award. The Judging Process

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These posts all have some great tips on how to build good robots, and how to make a strong and reliable drivetrain.


Thanks to all of you. That helps a lot.

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