CAD on The Krypton Cougars is a very important part of the build season. Lots of engineering we do is designed through CAD technology. We use the software SolidWorks, and work together to fully assemble the robot. CAD stands for Computer Aided Drafting. This allows us to design all of our custom parts using this software.
Once we have an idea of a custom part that will support the robot in-game, we draft a CAD model of it, and then go over it with Team member to see what they think. Once that is done, we revise it to suit the robot correctly, and make it more useful and compatible.
Finally, we create a drawing of the part, and put it in the hands of our mentor, Drew. He takes it to our gracious sponsor TE Connectivity, and has them manufacture our part (3D-print, waterjet, etc.).