Well i have a dilemma I need to know is my idea possible to make for a beginner and a brief description of what mechanism to use.
First a little background information. I'm making a remote controlled robot that needs to fit in a 30x30x30cm box with no top or bottom. Box weighs 4~5 lbs. I need to pick the same box up and lift it then place it back down over objects.
To lift the box my idea is to make a gripper. It has to be less than 30cm in length but then extend over 30cm to grab the box. I'm thinking it would look kinda like this
Then to lift the box (only need to lift it about 3-4 inches from the ground) I'm thinking of putting the gripper on a little forklift or would it be easier to have the gripper be able to tilt.
Lastly, how would i go about making this gripper do i use 2 sets of rack and pinion gears one for each side?? I have no idea any input would be great.
Extra information about regulations:
Each robot circuit must be energized by one or more commercial batteries which do not exceed 9.6 volts. If multiple batteries are used, they may be connected in series or parallel as long as the voltage output does not exceed 9.6 volts. The voltage stated on commercial batteries will be accepted.
Each robot function (such as drive train, arm, etc.) may have its own independent circuit, source of electrical energy, and control mechanism.
So is 9.6 volts the max i can use?