It’s been one of our most productive weekends so far, with actual framing for our elevator coming together, the hatch intake redesign being tested, and our drivetrain being wired up and driven in the hallway! Things are definitely coming together! Over the next few days, we’ll be rigging up the elevator, and testing out the manipulator prototypes properly.
This season, we’ve been dedicating a lot more time to prototyping and CAD-ing different mechanisms, and making said prototypes out of wood/PVC pipe. This has given us a tremendous improvement in figuring out critical dimensions, and a way to visualize how stuff fits together. We’ve spent the last 2 weeks refining different methods for grabbing and controlling the game pieces, and are pretty close to having a final design done!
Today, we had a fairly light crew in the shop, but still managed to get some prototyping done. We worked on several ideas for how to capture the cargo, including a side roller claw, and a top mounted roller. We’re going to see if we can slap these on a test robot tomorrow and see how they fare.
We started prototyping some ideas for intakes, including a wheeled intake. Up next, refining the intake, figuring out how best to grab the hatch covers, and prototyping the elevator system we are planning on.
We now have all the field elements (minus the HAB) built, and we even got around to prototyping some drivetrain options, as well as mechanisms. Tons of ideas were generated, and the new whiteboard (donated generously by the school) has helped greatly in this!
Majority of the time on day 2 was spent on measuring, cutting and assembling field elements. We’ve definitely gotten a lot quicker at measuring and cutting out the different pieces (the addition of a wicked table saw helped too).
The team attended kickoff at Long Island University in Brooklyn, a quick 10 minute walk from the school. Once kickoff was over, the brainstorming began. This year’s game seems really simple on the surface, but could be open to some incredibly strategic plays. We’ll see what our collective brains can come up with!
We were incredibly lucky this past weekend to have Mike and Nelly (354 Alumni) and some of our friends from Team 333 - The Megalodons over at our shop to teach some of our newer members building and manufacturing skills.
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