The wheel configuration allows the robot to move quickly around the space. The probe provides physical linkage and also serves as breaking system and provide power, data and structural stability when docking.
The energy is most likely to be supplied externally. The Probe or the “red stick”, would help each modular robots share the energy and recycle the energy from breaking.
Process the raw materials into finished components
This is hard to achieve with the current form and it is difficult in general to make a complete Self-Reproduction system.
There are three major component for this modular robots, the wheel, the center housing, and the probe. Making them out of the raw materials might require more advance structure.
We supplied 3 unassembled modular robots in the field. Each robot would contain power and the data that it is trying to copy. For example, the robot can be in groups of 3 and help finding and assembling 3 more modular robots, then split back to groups of 3.
In this case, the raw materials is a complex structure, but when it’s assembled, it can perform more complex tasks.
Model the operation of a self-reproducing machine, defined however you choose. In part the goal is to think about how that might work, and in part this is an exercise in more advanced modeling of the motion as well as the design of a mechanism. It doesn’t need to be a fully-realized design, just enough to show the principle. Many of the tools we covered in fab class can be used to animate:
RepRap – the replicating rapid prototyper Rhys Jones, Patrick Haufe, Edward Sells, Pejman Iravani, Vik Olliver, Chris Palmer and Adrian Bowyer; Robotica; Volume 29 / Special Issue 01 / January 2011, pp 177-191