Use the ideas in this post to control servo’s with audio signals from a cell-phone or other audio source. TRS Drawbot – Make: | Make:.
If you are interested in a wireless project consider using an “electric imp” as the hardware interface. http://electricimp.com/
Be creative and come up with a project idea of your own. The major factor is time – you have only 3 weeks to complete the project.
Build a virtual model of a 3-D world and use MatLab to “fly” through it.
Try to model fluid flow in SolidWorks. I’ve never done this, so some initial research will be necessary to see if it is feasible.
Make some other robots with servos…
Attach a joystick (or use a wii nunchuck) to control the x,y position of your robot.
A ram pump uses gravity and inertia to pump water from a lower reservoir to a higher one. Build a demonstration model.
Use SolidWorks (or Matlab) to generate a 3D Koch’s snowflake (link)
Animate the formation of a Koch’s snowflake, in MATLAB with smaller triangles gradually emerging out of the larger ones.
The robot your built is more accurate at some locations than others. Do a sensitivity analysis (this involves some derivatives) to quantify this sensitivity function.
Make a MATLAB model of your e5 robot that animates the motion on the screen as the arm moves in the real world.
Make a SolidWorks model of the robot you built during E5. There are online models of servo motors.
At the link below you can download a MATLAB toolbox that connects MATLAB to Solidworks. You should be able to use this to control a SolidWorks object from MATLAB.
Design and build a solenoid actuated valve to restrict air or fluid flow. Some info is here Solenoid Valve Basics.
Research the carbon footprint tradeoffs of accessing files “in the cloud” (i.e., on a distant server), on a local server (i.e., on a server at Swarthmore) and on your personal machine.
Use Solidworks to create working model (i.e., an assembly) of the Ericsson cycle engine in the lobby of Hicks. Have it printed.
Use Solidworks to create a 3D model of Hicks and have it printed.