Over the past week, we have assembled the entire frame and have started to install working components onto the practice robot.
At the top of the robot, we mounted the versa motors for the pulley system that will be used to move the arms up and down.
We also figured out that 5 totes stacked on the robot was a little bit unstable... We were considering only having 4 in the robot +1 in the arms for a total of 5 high.
We have also been speculating about having a second set of arms to be able to hold a stack of 5 in the arms at the same time. If we have time, we might try to do this.
From a more practical standpoint, we are halfway through build season and should start putting together the final robot (without flaws of course). We were planning on beginning assembly of the structure and spray painting this evening.
The chain system on the inside also works very well. We tested it, and it was able to stack the totes inside the robot relatively easily.
We also did a deep cleaning of the garage. Our plan is to keep it this clean as we move forward since working on two robots requires considerable space.
Moving forward, we look to start building the final robot (spray paint and all). We also need to box in the compartment for the totes on the robot itself, get the arms completely attached, test the robot on the ramp, and begin looking into the second set of arms.
Mr. Tracy talked to a handful of people about the pneumatic system yesterday while another group worked on the loading arm. We found our unused compressor that we had purchased last year, so now we have one for the practice robot and one for the final robot.
There is a lot of work to be done. This concludes week 3 and is a segue into week 4.
Testing has also already begun. We hope to have the scoring platform done by this evening so we can start driving and practicing. We will be looking to go to the LGI after school for multiple days to test it out.
There is the whole robot! We have a lot of work to do still, but we are (technically) right on schedule.
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