The Mechanical Division is responsible for the physical aspect of the robot. We build the frame, body, and any moving parts on the robot for both the IGVC and NASA RMC. The division thinks of creative ways to to accomplish any task brought to us. We use tools both in our lab and machinery in the SDELC to bring life to the designs we make on SolidWorks. This division is great for anyone with an interest in fabrication or design. No experience necessary.

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