10/14/17 Off Season Update

This Thursday, the team had our first all team meeting of the season regarding the process of registration for the team. If you need directions, refer to the email sent out yesterday, or email the people referred to in that email with questions. Even if you missed the meeting, you are welcome to still register for the team.

The team’s third offseason competition, MRI (Minnesota Robotics Invitational), was today at Roseville High school. Our team was chosen by Team 3130 from Eastridge in alliance selections, along with Team 4215 (Trinity Tritons), but lost 2-1 in quarterfinals. Overall, it was great practice for those trying out driving the robot.

As of now, the team is still working on the summer robot. Again, shop times are 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and everyone is welcome to come.

CAD lessons have officially ended, but we will continue training CAD rookies by having CAD projects to work on. Email Anna (li.anna6389@gmail.com) for more information or if you are interested. If you have a CAD laptop and are not using it for CAD, please email Emma confirming you will return it. You may return it to the shop during shop times or into the MSA office. Otherwise, I (Anna) will be having a talk with you. It will not be a good talk. Code lessons are continuing, however, the lessons now require either prior Java experience or having taken the summer lessons.

10/1/17 Off Season Update

After tons of hard work this summer, our offseason robot is almost finished. The build team, cad team, and code team has been working non-stop on building, coding, and designing the drive train, ball intake, and the shooter system for the robot.

 

The code and CAD team are continuing their lessons and preparing for the season, with code lessons on Fridays and CAD lessons on Tuesdays. The electronics team is busy wiring the new robot and improving old batteries. With our goal to get the robot done by October 14th, for the offseason MRI competition in Roseville, the shop is always busy. Shop times are still from 6-8pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

The team is also gearing up for rookie registration, so look out for an email soon with the date of the rookie meeting (projected for the week of Oct 9-13)!

Build Update – Day 44?

Over the last couple weeks we have been making great progress across all the sub-teams!  The Build team has been working hard on finishing the final bot, and making changes on the practice bot from what we learned at the week 0 event we attended yesterday,  (Thanks 2220 for hosting an awesome event!) The Code team has been working hard on PID, it’s currently mounted on the drive train and shooters.  When they are not working on that, they have been focusing on autonomous routines and making sure that all subsystems on the robot are working properly and correctly. The CAD team has been using the finalized design of the robot to aid the builders in the construction of the final robot.  We hope to have the final bot fully assembled tonight to give us a full day to test it before we put it in the bag on Tuesday.

Build Update – Day 15

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!

 

Recap of last week to now (Build Day 12)

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.

Build Update – Days 3 and 4

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.

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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.

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Build Update – Day 2

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.

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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.

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Build Update – Day 1

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.

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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.

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Gitchi Gummi

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.

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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.

Build Season – Bag Day

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!

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