Saturday Update: 2/11/2017

Ozone has just over 1 week until stop build day. There is still much to be done before our competition robot is done, but the team is working extremely hard to finish strong this year.

The electrical team finished soldering and wiring numbers to go on the variable speed testers.

The design and fabrication teams are working on the macanum wheel chassis and testing how the wheels move. They mounted wheels, gear boxes, and motors onto the frame of the robot. They are also working with the electrical team to cut max metal boards for the robot and laying out electrical components on it.

The programming team continues to test and modify visual acquisition code so the motors will move accordingly. They are also testing the speed of the wheel shooter on the visual acquisition prototype robot, as well as working on a smart-dashboard for the drivers’ station.

The fabrication team began building the sled for our final, competition robot. The electrical team is making a board for that as well.

Many modifications and tests were made today on the prototype robot. When it was first brought into the band room, the shooter was turning backwards and at the wrong speed. But, after a few coding modifications the shooter was running smoothly. First, the drive team tested how many balls could be loaded into the collector at once without the balls jamming. Some problems we encountered were that the wiffle balls weren’t falling into the shooter very well and the weather stripping kept falling off at high speeds. Next, the drive team tested dumping an entire tote of balls into the collector at once. This resulted in a small amount of balls getting stuck in the collector. The programming team changed the speed for the collector and made some modifications to the shooter code later in the meeting. They continue to use and test speed inputs on the smart dashboard. A proximity finder was mounted onto the robot and will be tested next meeting.

The electrical team recrimped wires on the board with our new crimper and crimp ends to  strengthen connections on the robot. They also wired new victors onto the board instead of talons, as well as other electrical components, so the range finder and camera could work.

Other team members are creating a tableau feature in excel for scouting.

In the next week, the team wants to move the gear grabbing mechanism so we can run the collector and drop gears off on the peg simultaneously. Fabricators are going to put solid pieces on the sides of the collector to prevent balls from getting jammed. The drafting team is designing mounts for the range finder. The fabrication team is going to change out the cardboard hopper on our prototype robot to max metal. They are also going to screw in the weather stripping so it doesn’t fall out.

Thank you to all members who took extra time out of their day to work on variable speed testers outside of meetings this week!

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