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Model of the Month – August

Congratulations to Wataru Kusuda, the winner of the Fusion 360 model of the Month for August. Hear more about Wataru, his super cool Robocup Junior Soccer Machine and his use of Fusion 360.

 

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My name is Wataru Kusuda. I am an 11th grade student at the National College High School in Kagawa, Japan. After graduation, I plan on attending college to major in Engineering. In the future, I would love to assist those who have physical disabilities with the design and creation of robotic technology.

 

I have been participating in an event called RoboCupJunior since I was in 3rd grade.  This is an educational initiative that sponsors events for students up to the age of 19. Recently, I took part in the RoboCup Soccer project, where 2-on-2 teams of mobile robots play against each other, tracking a light-emitting ball in an enclosed field.

 

I chose to model the RoboCup, since I’ve recently become interested in robotics. This project was a great opportunity for me to plan and work on a design from concept to creation.

 

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The RoboCup I designed has 4 OmniWheels to achieve multi-directional movement and an IR Sensor to search for the light-emitting ball. It also has a Solenoid and Ultrasonic Sensor” to allow the robot to zero in on the goal and accurately kick.  Since Japan is the host country for the RoboCup world tournament, I am challenging myself to be a participant in the championship with perfect engineering and advanced machining!

 

I came upon Fusion 360 as I was searching for a software program for students that work on Macs. For this project, I used Fusion 360 to model the entire design, including the individual components. The simulation functionality helped me to test parts to make sure they were durable enough and I also created NC data with the CAM functionality. I really like the fact that simulation, CAM and rendering are on a single platform. I can immediately visualize what my design will look like and I can then machine it right away!

 

Thank you for this opportunity! Feel free to check out more of my designs here and follow me on Twitter at @kusuwata.

 

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