THE CYCLONE 2

July to September 02014

The design was locked-in and local manufactures in Massachusetts were ready to initiate mass production but due to a skeptically high bill of materials price from the gearbox, plans were halted in fear of existential expenditures. Gears must be eliminated

The Cyclone 2 was the design to commit to a small run of 500 units to donate to the First Robotics Challenge as a competing component. This design focused on eliminating common failure modes seen on the previous versions. Featuring a single motor, a simplistic gearbox, and the new anti-detensioning rail system that eliminated the de-spoiling problem when improperly handled.

Operating load
Cyclone reduction
stroke
stroke time
Speed
Mtbf - “life” (strokes)
failure modes
weight

146 lbs
6
145 mm
2.5 seconds
58 mm/s
25
buckling over extension
3.5 lbs

60 %
3.74 inches
4.02 inches
26.97 inches
26.97 %
6.66
Pull Only

efficiency
height
width
length
contraction ratio
psi
push/pull