Last week, the University of Akron NASA Robotics Team visited WARDJet headquarters to show off their S.T.A.C.E.E. robot project. WARDJet was approached to waterjet cut some components of the S.T.A.C.E.E. robot, including the metal name panels, shovel attachment, acrylic covers, and prefab frame elements.
The UA NASA Robotics Team designed the S.T.A.C.E.E. robot to enter into a national competition held by NASA where colleges are challenged to come up with the best robotic solution for mining lunar rock dust. The S.T.A.C.E.E. robot was entered in the 2013 competition, and the UA NASA Robotics Team is currently working on a new design for this year's event.
WARDJet has been donating cutting services to various University of Akron Engineering teams for over 10 years. Besides giving back to the community, it allows WARDJet the opportunity to expose dozens of future engineers to waterjet cutting and its capabilities before they enter the workforce. Good luck in this year's NASA Robotic Mining Competition, UA!