Group MT0C-3 – Celestial Interactions™ – Articulating Rotary Pedestal™

Team Members

Tyler Austhof, Sage Bachus, Jacob Elorrieta, Brendan McMurrer, Tony Pham, Raquel Schlicht Gabriele, Matthew Stutzman, Samuel Theis, Grant Trautweiler, James Wardlaw


Render of developed solution

Photo of developed solution

As a group, we sought to create an engineering marvel through the deployment of efficient rotational mechanics, accurately representing the movement of the real Astro telescopes while also providing an unforgettable educational experience for museum visitors. The design utilizes angled vertical uprights that allow for clearance of the payload during a 0 to 90-degree rotation. The payload is rotated by a 1/3 hp 1750 rpm 90VDC motor that is mated to a 3000:1 gear reducer. This system provides controlled and powerful rotation through a roller chain and sprocket combination, preventing slippage while being attached to the trunnion connector bar via thru-bolts. This design boasts a modular system, catering to quick changes between telescope configurations and display orientations. Additionally, the drive chain can be removed once the support-mounted locking mechanisms are engaged, improving aesthetics when presented to the public. All gears and pinch points are covered for safety, and the system utilizes both an emergency power shutoff button and limit switches to prevent excessive rotation. For transport, this design utilizes a baseplate with forklift slots and a maximum width smaller than the transport width constraint. This means that no disassembly is required to ship the display stand. The main control panel that is used to change rotation speed and direction also converts the available 120V AC power to the 90V DC required by the motor.

Pitch Video

3D Interactive Product Model

The following is an interactive 3D model of the product design. You can view and rotate the product assembly in different orientations and views, including an exploded view to see the various parts that make up the assembly.