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Build Season Logs

January 10, 2013

On Thursday, January 13, 2013, Kenny, Julia, Eva, Brent, Joshua, Andy C, Rahul, and I went to Mr. and Mrs. Haas’ house to build game pieces for this upcoming 2013 FRC season.  To get to our destination to build these game pieces we had to travel to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Haas located in Santa Cruz. When we arrived we decided to begin constructing the pyramid used to hang from during the endgame of this year’s game: Ultimate Ascent. Taking turns to drill and to cut out different sized ...Read More

January 23, 2012

Today, we decided to not have a design meeting. Although we are not where we want to be right now, we still ended up taking a day off. We are waiting for some of the robot parts that we have ordered for testing and using. Some of us went to Michael C's house to test out some of the paint. We tried out a couple different shades of yellow to see which color(s) would look best on our soon-to-come robot. Read More

January 21, 2012

Yes, we are a bit behind. Our new "Trac" system says that we are about one week behind. Not good. This morning, we met at Lynbrook to get as much work done as possible. The software guys reflashed our 2011 robot, the hardware guys tried to make a finalized version of our drivetrain, and the events guys finished up planning our trip to New York. While all this was going on in room 612, Mr. Xie and Mr. G were giving lectures about software design. Mr. Xie went over drive train control. He talked about ...Read More

January 18, 2012

Today, we finished building the team version of the bridge. Turns out, our bridge is just over 60 pounds, while the official bridge is calculated to be over 200 pounds. (We used the battery test given by FIRST to help calculate the weight.) This means that our bridge will not act like the official competition bridge. We haven't decided how we are going to make our bridge more like the official bridge. We will probably end up placing some weights in specific places on the bridge, after we learn more ...Read More

January 17, 2012

Since it was a Tuesday today, many of us got out of school at 1PM. However, we didn't just leave school. Some of us stayed and worked in room 612. We started on building the bridge. We also continued fixing up our CNC and made more calculations and tests. At night, we were again at school. Funny how we seem to love school so much... We had our weekly Active Member's Meeting (thus, the title of this entry). We talked about purchasing a team flag, the t-shirt and sweater designs, the upcoming spring ...Read More

January 14, 2012

We met early in the morning today to discuss the drivetrain. Instead of diving in and CADing everything right off the bat, we had a more detailed discussion about what we wanted in the design. By the end of the meeting, we had started on a preliminary model for the drivetrain. Read More

January 13, 2012

Update on CNC: We are almost finished. We have finished assembling all of the major parts of the machine. All we need are the power supply, the computer, and two pieces of tape. In today's design meeting, we split up into three groups: trajectory, drive train, and aiming and positioning. The trajectory group calculated formulas to test the optimal angles and velocities to shoot the balls at. We wanted to design a single shot that would work for two different scenarios: when our robot is against ...Read More

January 12, 2012

Today, we did not have a formal meeting, but we did work in room 612. We did not do work on the robot. Instead, we continued setting up the CNC and organized the room for build season. The CNC sure does take a lot of time to set up. Hopefully, it will come in handy this year. If not, we will be using it for many years to come. Read More

January 11, 2012

Today, we did more work in Room 612. We tested a previous shooter, mounted the CNC, assembled the barrier, fixed up the 2010 robot to run tests on the barrier, and mounted the de-burring wheel. We also had our second design meeting later at night. Shooter: One team took the 2009 robot to test its shooter's accuracy and power. We also laid it on its back for a vertical test. The ball ended up flying just 38 inches in the air. The distance from the max robot height to the highest rim just happens ...Read More

January 10, 2012

It's finally arrived! Today, we moved our shiny new Tormach PCNC into room 612. The process, which all in all took around 5 hours, started with us going to Lynbrook's boiler room to pick up the package. We moved the 1,300 pound beast in front of room 612, where we uncrated the machine. However, before moving the CNC through the door, we needed to figure out exactly how to orient it so that it would fit. We didn't want to end up moving it up the door, only to realize that there is no way to make ...Read More

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