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The Mechanical subteam manufactures parts for the robot out of steel, aluminum, and various composite materials using mills, lathes, computer numerical control routers, and 3D printers. After manufacturing, Mechanical assembles the team’s robot using those parts, and is responsible for robot maintenance and repairs during competitions, using a wide variety of hand tools and power tools. This subteam is also heavily involved in prototyping the robot’s various subsystems. During the pandemic in 2020, the Mechanical team trained new students by streaming robot machining and assembly over Zoom, as well as branching out into learning some computer aided design.

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