I had a breakthrough last night as I was trying to figure out how all the robot parts are going to fit into the body I’m designing. The idea was simple: make the robot bigger. I somehow got it in my head early on in this project that I wanted the robot to have a 7” diameter. That’s pretty tiny considering everything I’m packing in there, so I decided to bump that up to 8”. That 14% increase in diameter yields an increase in horizontal area of over 30%. And it’s still not very big — I’ll be able to palm it with one hand.
This has greatly opened up my design and simplified the geometry involved.
By the way, the laser class was very informative and my little test cuts went well. I’ll need to do just a little more testing before trying to cut finished pieces.