A long-standing customer of BizLink elocab, a leader in humanoid robots for use in space, reached out to BizLink elocab to help design their terrestrial proof of concept testing for a next-generation humanoid cobot that could one day work next to astronauts on the space station or even Mars!
The newly designed cable will help with several cobot parts' communication, power supply, and safety systems. One of the biggest challenges that our engineering team would face is the strict O.D. (Outside Diameter) restrictions and the many components needed in the design.
Initially, the whole design process started with brainstorming the most practical layouts for the application. The BizLink elocab engineering team designed three different cables, with minor modifications to the components and configurations. Using the original cable design as a reference, our team tried various combinations to achieve a final O.D. within the tight restrictions. After reviewing the designs with the customer and implementing some suggestions from the customer, our engineering team presented a tailor-made solution that would meet all their requirements.
Because of the cable O.D. restrictions, we offered to do an oval-shaped (egg-shaped) cable by removing many fillers, thereby decreasing the mass of the cable and increasing the lateral flexibility to be drawn into a desired tube.
We look forward to continuing to work with this out-of-this-world customer and contributing to ground-breaking discoveries!
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