Build Season – Day 32

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.

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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.

Build Season – Day 31

After yesterdays successful meeting, we continued working on the prototype robot.  We attached the wheels to the drive train after the hub caps arrived from our gracious machining sponsor, Harvey Vogel.

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One of our coders finished setting up Jenkins.  Jenkins is a CI (continuous integration) server, whenever someone on the code team pushes new code to GitHub, a web based source code management for programmers, Jenkins downloads the code and compiles it to see if there are any errors or issues with the new code.

 

Build Season – Day 30


Tonight saw the team’s meeting to discuss the final decisions in terms of the designs we will be implementing on the final robot. While there was a bit of heated debate, we successfully decided on systems to be focusing on. We expect to have two robots operational for the Week Zero event next Saturday.

The code team has revved up their keyboards and gone strait to work on Auto routines. With a fully functional camera system, the autonomous code will be more advanced than ever before. Team 3130 has graciously offered use of their practice space for testing when it comes time to make final tweaks.

Tomorrow, all parts will be ordered. Centennial, here we come!

Build Season Day 27

Today at the shop, we made some more progress on building, CADing, and coding. On the build side of things, builders have started construction on drive rails. They have also attached a gearbox to The Auger. Some CADers have been making sure that the Auger will fit on our robot.

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Coders programmed more for the intake system of going in and out. They have also been  working on code for the analog gyro. Come back tomorrow for another update on the team’s progress.

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Build Season Day 26

We’re halfway through week four of build season and lots is happening at the shop. The build team is busy working on the shooter and intakes, including The Auger (The Reality) and a different catapult arm. We are lathing and milling parts for the gearboxes and drive rails, and gearbox assembly has started.

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As always, the CADers are hard at work, CADing the Auger and catapult arm. On the coding side of things, we have been teaching new coders how PIDs work. We have also been programming the intake system.

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We have submitted our Woodie Flowers, Chairman’s, and Executive Summary awards, and are working on Dean’s List and Entrepreneurship.

Build Season Day 25

Another build day has ended, and much has been accomplished. The Fighting Calculators have worked some more on The Dream, and worked on assembling the gear box. The team members have also started building The Auger, a new intake design.

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Today, a few of our team members and one of our members went to one of our sponsors, Harvey Vogel, to pick up some of the parts we sent out. There, we received a tour of their facility, which included all the different machines, and got our drive side plates.

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We also got some coding and CADing done today. Some of our more experienced members helped the rookies on coding. As for CAD, CADers have continued to work on The Dream.

Build Season Day 23

Today was spent on working on code for the prototype robot so we can test out our different manipulators. Vision tracking was recently added to our code team, and we are excited to use it. Time was spent on putting together our newly acquired gearbox.

Great progress has been made on the “DREAM”. Its intake system is just about ready to be tested on our practice frame along with our catapult shooter. We are already in week four and the build season is half way over already.

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Build Season Day 21

Today was the last day for the shop open house for the Fighting Calculators. Thanks to everyone for coming! It was a great opportunity for people to come into the shop and see what our team does during build season.

It has been another productive day for the Fighting Calculators. We’ve made another frame for the robot, and a catapult for that robot. We’ve also changed the design on that catapult, and have been testing it out and using it to shoot at the goals. Besides that, builders also worked some more on The Dream, and are making progress on it.

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The code team is working on using the camera to aim at the goals, and is also been coding for The Dream. Our CADers have been fixing the CAD models of the wheels, making the standoffs for the frame of the robot, and The Dream. We’ve also started making models of the catapult. Other parts for the robot have also been sent out. And lastly, our amazingly awesome gearbox plates have been made.

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Build Season Day 20

Today was the first day of the Fighting Calculators Open House. If you missed coming to the shop today, drop by tomorrow from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and see what the Calculators have been working on so far this build season.

In between cookies and brownies, the Calculators have been working on and fine tuning prototypes. They also created a prototype frame with regards to the dimensions the CADers have worked out. The dream and the shooter are looking good, and are becoming more refined every day.

The Calculators also had the chance today to train in two new members to the lathe, and show some others the mill. This should make machining parts much easier and more efficient later in the season when we are assembling our final robot.

Build Season Day 19

The calculators have been working hard, as always, and the team has been working on The Dream and getting that working so we can put it on our practice robot to test it in conjunction with the catapult. We’ve also gotten our practice catapult to work and it has been making shots into the high goal.

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Some of the builders have also been experimenting with different types of climber arms/manipulators. The CAD team has CADed some more wheels, worked on the assembly for the dream, and created the dimensions for our catapult. The code team has created their robot code framework, which is the code that we use as a basis for integrating our own code into the framework.

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Our shop open house is tomorrow and Saturday. This is for members of the community to have a chance to see what we do during build season and learn about the shop and the machines in the shop. They will be from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Friday, and 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday.