P17211: ShingleBot


Project Summary Project Information

Roofing companies today are constantly struggling to find physically fit general laborers to carry out the tiring and demanding job requirements that accompany removing shingles from the roofs of homes. Currently a system exists for automatically placing shingles on the roofs of houses however there is no system on the market for removing shingles from a roof without manual laborers. The sole proprietor of the project, Mark Underhill, presented the basic design plans and general ideas of how he hopes to achieve a consumer ready product that achieves the task of de-shingling a roof robotically.

The MSD ShingleBot team was tasked with finalizing the design,completing construction, and testing the functionality of Mark Underhill’s robotic shingle removal system. The project will bring together three Mechanical Engineering and three Electrical Engineering students to work in a large group atmosphere alongside the customer to deliver a specific system with the agreed upon deliverables.

The contingent deliverables are as follows: test, analysis, and optimization of the machine’s shingle removal mechanism function and the rover, electrical design of the machine’s power and computing electronics, and integration of the controls system.

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Project Name
ShingleBot: Mechanical Enhancements and Power Systems
Project Number
Project Family
Vehicle Systems and Technology
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Edward Hanzlik
Primary Customer
Mark Underhill
Sponsor (financial support)
Mark Underhill

Team Members

ShingleBot Team, from left: Bryan, Thomas, Alicia, MaryCatherine, Brendan, and William

ShingleBot Team, from left: Bryan, Thomas, Alicia, MaryCatherine, Brendan, and William

Member Role Contact
Thomas Schwartz Electrical Engineer tjs4990@rit.edu
Bryan Mah Electrical Engineer, Project Lead blm9449@rit.edu
MaryCatherine Murphy Electrical Engineer mrm8101@rit.edu
Brendan Flaherty Mechanical Engineer bhf1267@rit.edu
Alicia Kirk Mechanical Engineer adk2283@rit.edu
William Lawrie Mechanical Engineer wtl9893@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation