Today we made great progress on the robot and its subsystems!
The practice bot drivebase had its first successful run today! After we tested it for sometime, we continued to assemble the improved shooter for more precise testing. The Code team made more progress into this years unit tests to help prevent errors from occurring. The CAD team made progress on the design of the finalized prototypes. We are looking forward to see what we can accomplish in this coming week! Stay tuned for more updates!
Over the last week the team has been working on prototyping all of the various subsystems for our robot. Currently we have been working on (and making significant progress in): Fuel Intake, Fuel Cage, Gear Intake, Drive Train, Fuel Shooter, and Gear Deposit mechanisms. Thanks to the team being very active during the early days of the Build Season, we have made a lot of progress in the prototypes and CADing of the parts for the robot and have been keeping ourselves on schedule.
Today: The cage for carrying the fuel was being tested with the intake mounted as well as testing/mounting the gear intake along with pneumatic lifting for up-righting the gear to be placed on the peg in the airship.
The grind of building and testing has seen a refreshing break in the action with a new addition to our shop. In collaboration with our shop mates, the ERRORS, our team has purchased a new mill. A sleek upgrade from the old mill, the new addition to our arsenal of heavy duty machines will significantly improve on the speed and efficiency of our fabrication in this season and the seasons to come.
The break hasn’t lasted long, however, and we are now back to a full and busy schedule of designing robot subsystems. The team came together late this evening for a meeting to discuss our strategy of moving gears around. Specifically, we are wondering if it is best to use up valuable space with a design to grab gears from the ground, or if we should opt to pick up exclusively from the feeder station and risk dropping too many gears to gain a ranking point. The discussion concluded with an agreement to continue testing to find the best strategy.
Today at the shop was all about prototyping. Now that the team is on our feet regarding this years game, we have started to get a good idea about the features we want our robot to have. Prototypes built from wood and re-purposed motors are filling the workbenches as the fully functional subsystems being to take shape. Our fuel shooter is coming together splendidly, and the drive train design is wrapping up, as well as a super fast rope climber.
The team also met today to discuss the time box for our six week undertaking. We set hard deadlines on the numerous projects we must finish before the robot is bagged, including the completion of final designs, full robot CAD, and assembly of the practice and final robot in time for our week zero event near the conclusion of the build season.
It’s finally here! The 2017 FRC game, Steamworks, has finally been revealed, and it’s crazy! Instead of the standard style of keeping robots on the field and people off, FIRST has shaken things up by allowing two people from each alliance to work alongside the robots, racking up points and racing to the victory.
Our first day in the shop has gone swimmingly. Prototypes have been constructed for picking up gears and firing fuel into the boiler. As well, a drive train design has been selected and should be finished by the end of the first week. The team greatly anticipates the delivery of our new shop mill, purchased in conjunction with our companions, the ERRORS. Expect an exciting season, and stay tuned for our first video update coming this weekend.
This past weekend was a blast at the Gitchi Gummi Get Together hosted by the Duluth East Daredevils (2512). This was our first pre-season event with incoming rookies who were ready to get involved and helped them start to figure out what they want to do on the team. This event offered everyone on the team the opportunity to drive the robot and work in the pit. Some matches went well and others not so well and things broke but it gave the incoming rookies a look at what could happen during a regional with little time between matches.
On the second day, we were picked by fourth seed alliance captain, Rock Solid Robotics (4656), and assisted them alongside the Granite City Gear Heads (3244). We won our first semi-finals match against the first seed alliance and lost the second one. We went into the third match and had to replay it because one of the defenses got knocked out of place. After restarting it, a defense got knocked out of place again. In the final replay, we ended up losing the match. We then played one last match to decide who would be third place. Our alliance ended up winning the match and placed third.
Overall, the event was fun and a great opportunity for everyone on the team and a huge shoutout to the Daredevils for hosting the event for the third time. Now, we have time to prepare and fix the things needed for upcoming events like Woodbury Days and the Minnesota Robotics Invitational.
Today was a very busy day with lots of manufacturing of final parts for the competition robot. We made a spare intake arm and another shooter. The coders worked on writing more tests to prevent possible future code issues as we continue to improve our code in the weeks before competition. Stay tuned for our updates as we get closer to the Iowa regional!
Today we spent most of the time preparing the practice robot and the competition robot for tomorrow’s week 0 event at Centennial High School. We hope to find any possible issues that arise from extensive testing at the event. The marketing team spent time getting sponsor logos ready to go on the competition robot.
The CADers were using finite element analysis in Solidworks to test the 3D model of the robot out to make sure it can stand the tests of this years challenge. The code team have been writing more unit tests to help reduce the amount of errors in the code. With 4 days left in the build season, as each day goes by, each minute becomes more and more precious.
Today we made great progress on optimizing and finalizing many subsystems on the prototype robot. The remaining machined parts have arrived from our gracious sponsors which some of
them have been assembled with the rest of the competition robot parts.
The Electronics team have been hard at work finalizing their wire runs for the final robot. The Build team have been testing the prototype robot for possible improvements and have been building the competition robot. The coders have been working on autonomous routines and on new drivetrain gear shifters. We are five days out from bag day, so it has been nothing but hard work!
Today the prototype robot was driving around which was a great milestone in the build season. We were able to test all the defenses which went very well, there are some minor adjustments that have to be made. Testing of the subsystems mounted onto the prototype were also tested for consistency and other possible issues. The coders spent the day writing tests that point out errors in our code, and the CADers sent out the final parts order for the competition robot.
While all these other exciting things are going on, people have been hard at work machining parts in house for the competition robot. We hope to have all the parts for the final robot by next Wednesday.