February 6, 2016 – Saturday Meeting Recap

The second big wheel/catapult prototype is one step closer to being fully functional after today. Major progress was made on building new defenses, a new climbing arm, and coding for all of O-ZONE’s prototypes.

A new max metal scooper was attached on the wheel shooter to replace the last one, along with more durable metal to guide the boulder in. Fabricators also started creating the sally port and remainder of the defenses out of wood. Members of the fabricating and design teams began creating a climbing arm and attached it to an old sled. Programmers started writing code for said arm along with different autonomous codes that relate to the switch the electrical team made on Wednesday.

Constructing the Climbing Arm
Constructing the Climbing Arm
Making Defenses
Making Defenses

The design team completely had their hands full today planning for the next wheel shooter prototype. The new robot will have less individual parts and be welded together. The ball grabber was taken off the big wheel chassis in order to be fixed and allow the electrical team to work with the prototype more easier.

There was a lot of electrical work to be done on the second big wheel chassis. Pneumatics parts needed to be put on the board in a way so that they would fit under the frame without bumping into the gear boxes or motors. Half of the board was completed with victors wired and everything appropriately labeled but when finding out that the electronics wouldn’t fit under the chassis the victors and pneumatics had to be moved to the side of the board. Measurements were then taken for the second half of the board, max metal was cut for it, and important components such as the pneumatics compressor and and battery were mounted onto it. After changing compressors and moving some pieces around half of the board was able to be mounted on the chassis.

Big Wheel #2
Big Wheel #2
Making Catapult Board
Making Catapult Board

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