Project Requirements

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The Student Design Competition had specific requirements that the machine had to conform to. The machine had to cast a Zebco Snoopy fishing pole, a children's fishing pole that releases the line by pressing a button. The pole could not be modified and the machine had to swing it in a normal casting motion. The machine would be secured to a 3/4" steel pipe mounted near the corner of a square 'dock'. The operator would sit behind the machine and operate it only through a controller comprised of up to four switches and two potentiometers. The machine and power source had to fit into a standard 16" toolbox. The device had to operate using five or fewer electromagnetic devices operating at no more than 24 volts and 50 watts of power.