The competition robot is finally able to be driven and tested! The electrical, fabrication, and design teams have done a tremendous job putting it together and continue to tweak it. As the team gets closer to competition, scouting is becoming more of a priority and members are working on forms for that.
At the beginning of the meeting power was flowing smoothly throughout the robot; the radio, and blinking light, which were mounted onto the side of the robot. Since competition rules dictate that the light must be visible from all sides, another mount has to be 3D printed so a second light can be placed on the other side of the robot. The camera was also mounted and electrical members wired and soldered spikes for the LED rings around it. They also worked on limit switches and wiring the RSL.
Surgical tubing and a bucket piece were added to the wheel shooter to help keep the ball in place while the robot is driving over defenses. The forklift on the front of the competition robot continues to be changed and perfected. Originally, it would only move in one direction but coding and design team members worked together to fix the issue.
Programmers began to push code on the robot, testing the motion of the shooter and wheels before it was taken into the band room to drive. Lag was a huge issue but they were able to work around it and attempt to get visual acquisition online. They also had to adjust their code for the competition robot because the victors work slightly different than those on the practice robot.
When tested, the forklift required more power to lift the portcullis. It needs to be redesigned to do this more efficiently. Rails need to be added to the wheel shooter part of the robot so that the main components of the robot are protected when it goes under the portcullis. Also, it works to push the cheval de frise down and the robot can go across it with ease but it gets caught going back. The competition robot can shoot, take in boulders, and move the wheel shooter and forklift up and down. When the drive team practiced shooting they observed that the angle of the shooter needed to be changed in order to make goals, so the length of the pipe was changed by fabricators. They also loosened the surgical tubing. The team continues to develop strategies on how and where to make goals.