Category: Build Season: 2015

07
Feb 15

Build Season Week 5

With only 2 weeks left in the build season, our team has been working harder than ever to get things done! The Electrical Team cleaned up the electrical board and worked out the rest of the components. They also corrected the length of the PWM cables that were originally too long. With a majority of the motor mount and cross braces finished, The Mechanical Team discovered the weight of the mechanism to be 65 pounds without motors or grabbers.

The Programming Team got Logitech to finally read the codes for the robots buttons correctly! The Saltek buttons were also made to be read by all the readers except for WPllib as well as having the trigger reading true even when nothing is being pressed on it. The Media Team worked on updating the website and preparing the notebook to put all the components in as well as writing and editing the Woodie Flowers essay and the Entrepreneurship award. With next week being the final week in build season, we are coming into it ready for action.

 

 

 

 

30
Jan 15

Build Season Week 4

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First practice on field elements!

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it is already Week 4! Anyway, here we are and AZE has been doing great! The Mechanical and Programming team has made a lot of progress on the robot, specifically on the drive base and lifting arms, this week! They have run into a few problems, but have been working diligently to get them fixed and continue onward! One monumental step forward was made this week, the creation of the field elements. We now have a miniature field to test autonomous code and practice on!

Here on Media, we are ecstatic to announce our new motto for this year, “It’s Not Just a PhAZE!” After numerous discussions and meetings, one of our team members shouted it out and, instantly, we knew we had found our motto! We definitely learned that motto-making is something that can’t be forced, it has to be spontaneous. Aside from that, the Chairmans short essays are nearly completed and we have a good start on the long essay outline. Week 5, here we come!!

30
Jan 15

Build Season Week 3

Head Mentor Ty demonstrating bin lifting techniques

Head Mentor Ty demonstrating bin lifting techniques

Hello everyone! We’ve had a great 3rd week here in the world of Team 3941! It’s been really exciting to see the robot come together with some solid design plans this early in the season. We are way ahead compared to previous years, so this is truly amazing!

More specifically, the Electrical team worked on the Electrical Board, and now it is more organized and usable! In the Mechanical room, they’ve been hard at work creating and building the lift for our robot! So far everything seems to be going pretty smoothly.

The Programming team ran into a few problems with the RoboRio, but hopefully that’ll be resolved soon especially with the help of ChiefDelphi, an online forum for FIRST teams. On a much brighter note, they got the Autonomous code started! This is a great start on our road to being successful at competition!

Here in the Media room, we recruited one of our friends from the Programming team to help us with the Woodie Flowers essay and award submission. This week, he conducted the interviews with our nominee and head mentor, Coach Ty Schwenk. By next week,  we hope to complete the Woodie Flowers submission, and Chairman’s Short Essays, as well as outline the Chairman’s Long Essay and Video. Overall, Week 3 has been wonderful and we are so excited for Week 4!

 

16
Jan 15

CAD Robot Design

This season, our team has decided to design our robot in PTC Creo, a 3D CAD modeling software. This allows us to see how parts will fit together and interact with each other prior to actually building them, saving time and money that otherwise be spent on fixing/rebuilding parts that didn’t fit. So far, we have several of the robot sub-systems designed, and we hope to be able to move on to system integration soon! Check out the pictures below for our progress so far.

 

Tote Lift Mechanism

Tote Lift Mechanism

Mecanum Drive Base

Lift Mechanism/Drive Base Integration Test

Lift Mechanism/Drive Base Integration Test

10
Jan 15

Build Season Week 1

This week, the Mechanical Team finalized the Tote/Bin manipulation system and began its construction. We also decided on the size, shape, and drive type for the robot and, after designing a CAD model, the team set to work building the drive base.

The Electrical Team laid out the electrical board and began learning the new control system configuration. The Programming Team also worked with the new control system to begin writing code for the robot drive base.

The Media Team completed half of the biographies for the notebook as well as starting out a plan for our Chairman’s video. We also started finalizing our plans for the next 6 weeks and updating the team website.

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AZE’s Social Media