Category: 2015 Build Blog

Build Blog for the 2015 build season

Day 46: Bag and Tag!

Today was once again focused on testing and finding set points to add into code. The set points for the elevator were found and added in, and the robot was taken to the Fridge for further testing (the Fridge is

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Day 45: Debugging

We picked a logo for the robot name: The robot was mechanically finished today with the addition of surgical tubing to help hold up the carriage. As such, today was spent testing to see what would break and find values

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Day 44: Mechanism Testing and Naming Vote

Submissions for suggestions for the name of the robot closed at lunch today, and a name was voted on right after lunch. We had a lot of suggestions, so four rounds of voting were held to narrow down the field

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Day 43: Making Progress

Reminder: Check your email. A form went out for submitting suggestions for the robot name. Suggestions will be taken until lunch tomorrow (Sunday), and a name will be decided by a vote after lunch. A lot got done today, so

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Day 42: Initial Weigh-In

The robot was weighed at the start of today’s meeting, and came in at about 80 lbs without the carriage and several motors. The carriage weighs about 20 lbs by itself, and we have several more pounds of motors to

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Day 41: Field Centric Drive Works

Build A couple of mentors and students were at the shop today and managed to make a fair number of parts. The parts that got done include the dovetail slider inserts, side plates for the belt pulleys, aluminum spacers for

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Day 40: Electronics Boards On

Assembly and manufacturing continue to be the main focus of our meetings, given that stop build is in 6 days. One of the main systems that was worked on at this meeting was the carriage assembly. The sliders to move

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Day 39: Carriage Assembly Begins

The electronics trays and lifter gear boxes are on both robots. Some electronics will need to be moved to make way for the belt path. The cross support for the other side of the gearbox is on loosely. A couple

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Day 38: Almost Snowed Out

Due to the snow, attendance was low today, and not as much got done as it could have with better weather. Here’s our to-do list:

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Day 37: Assembly

Manufacturing Work on the robot frame picked up where it left off yesterday with finishing the drivetrain on the competition robot and pressing bearings into the practice robot frame; the practice robot wheels and gearboxes are on the prototype mecanum

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