Automotive Electronics: Do We Really Need All This Stuff?


CAD/CAM Corner

Nice Try!

10/25/2011 6:26:29 PM

Your robot is a nice impact testor, but it is lacking in a few of the basics seen with the human slapshot!  There is no rotation through the impact zone – something that all players do to varying degrees.  Proof is seen with photos of slapshots that show the finish position of the toe of the blade.  A properly executed slapshot shows the toe pointing toward the target.  Your robot generates an open blade position, toe pointing 90 degrees away from the target – a no-no!  We found this out when constructing a robot back in the 90’s!  Also, the “lower hand” is way too far up the shaft – also not typical of shooters!

Good luck!

First impression when digging into the article on optimizing composites for Hockey Sticks, was, “Gosh! the DOE fixture is going to be more of a design challenge than the actual composite design!” … and well; in fact, that’s where the article went.  Accordingly, following that “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”, the world now has a wonderful, proven method of repetitively testing new composite materials for hockey stick design.  This is what I call a game-changer.  (Beautiful Robot, BTW) Subsequently, I see the NHL experiencing a gradual increase in scoring statistics in the coming years, not unlike the steroid era of MLB in the ‘90s. But this time, in a good way.