Team captains of Ozone met at the beginning of the meeting today to discuss what prototypes we are looking at pursuing and how we are going to further those ideas. We want to start creating due dates of when we would like projects to be done. Doing this insures that we have enough time to do tests and practice driving before stop build day. When deciding what wheels we want and where we want them on our robot, omni and traction, we need to keep in mind how the robot will run at competition. Towards the end of qualification matches, other teams will play defensively and push our robot around a bit. We will most likely have a single wheel shooter on our final robot. We also need to be working on ball and gear collecting mechanisms, and narrowing down which ones we want to use. When deciding mechanisms, we need to keep in mind what volume measurement we want our robot to fit into, and design parts accordingly.
The fabrication team began to cut into a chassis in order to fit a ball collecting prototype onto it. After testing it, the cylinder broke off. However, after some minor adjustments we were able to test it again. At our next meeting on Wednesday, team members will brainstorm how to mount the motor onto the cylinder better and generally make it more secure. We hope to have a better working prototype by Friday.
Other ball collecting prototypes continue to be tested. The conveyor belt system works to move balls up as far as we need them to. Perhaps not the entire prototype, but this concept, could be used on our final robot to move balls from a hopper to the shooter.
Members from the electrical and fabrication teams continue to work on mounting gear collecting prototypes onto the 2 wheel and one wheel shooter. A new one wheel shooting prototype, independent from a chassis, was tested and works to launch wiffle balls. Team members will be putting plexiglas on in the future.