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Implementing Manipulators in Competition Robotics

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Step 6: Design Final Manipulator

Now your team can design the manipulator that will ultimately appear on the robot.  Most teams use 3D Computer Aided Design software such as Autodesk Inventor to do detailed design.  This allows them to easily ensure that all of their parts fit before they are manufactured.  At this stage, the design team must also integrate the manipulator with any systems it attaches to.  In addition, they must incorporate any changes that could be made to improve the final manipulator.