P12029: Robo-Ant


Project Summary Project Information

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This project (P12029) builds on multiple generations of Air Muscle powered robotic device projects.

The proposed project is intended to build on previous air muscle robotic technologies developed in the Lamkin-Kennard laboratory. The primary objective of the proposed work is to design and fabricate a self-contained, biomimetic robotic ant using air muscle technology for actuation. The ant must be capable of generating forward locomotion using air muscles “powered” by an on-board air supply. The ant project is being undertaken to develop core technology related to self-contained air muscle powered robotic devices.

Project Name
Biomimetic Robo Ant
Project Number
Project Family
Bioengineering Fundamentals Family
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Mike Zona, 585-298-7691 Michael.Zona@xerox.com
Primary Customer/Sponsor
Dr. Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard, kaleme@rit.edu

Team Members

Chris Anderson, Jonathan Gibson, Kurt Stratton, Joshua Koelle

Chris Anderson, Jonathan Gibson, Kurt Stratton, Joshua Koelle

Member Role Email
Kurt Stratton Team Leader / DPM kts5286@rit.edu
Chris Anderson Mechanical Design Engineer cla7390@rit.edu
Joshua Koelle Controls Design Engineer joshua.koelle@gmail.com
Jonathan Gibson Controls Design Engineer jdg6667@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I MSD II Legacy Information

Photo Gallery

Planning & Execution

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Project Review

Photo Gallery

Planning & Execution

Build, Test, Document

Project Review

Final Presentation

Technical Paper


Users Guide






Week 1

Team Norms, Values & Ethics

Week 2

Review of Meeting with Lamkin-Kennard

Meeting Minutes Sept. 16, 2011

Week 3

System Decomposition

House of Quality

Meeting Minutes Sept. 20, 2011

Meeting Minutes Sept. 22, 2011

Week 4

Morph Chart

Meeting Minutes Sept. 27, 2011

Week 5

System Design Review

Meeting Minutes Oct. 4, 2011

Week 6

Design Review Notes

Meeting Minutes Oct. 11, 2011

Week 7

Lifting Calculations

Meeting Minutes Oct. 21, 2011

Week 8, 9, 10

Detailed Design


We would like to thank the following people,
Dr. Lamkin-Kennard, Sylvan Hemingway, Mike Zona, Xerox, and Mr. John Wellin.