FTC Team 4042, having made it to the Washington State Championship by winning the Innovate award, badly needed a new elevator system for their robot. Their existing solution was unreliable, bulky, constantly broke down, and was very difficult to repair. They enlisted me to direct a redesign of the entire system one week before the State competition. I worked for more than 40 hours on the project during that week on top of schoolwork to produce a complete CAD model while managing fabrication and assembly of finished components. The design was ultimately successful: it suffered no failures or issues at the competition and worked exactly as specified and required, even though it was fully created in just one week.
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