Saturday, September 12, 2020

Virtual Pit


VirtualPit.Spectrum3847.org


What is a Virtual Pit?

A virtual pit is an online meeting session for members of the robotics community to come talk to a robotics team about their team and their robots. Virtual pits attempt to emulate the interactions that would normally happen during a competition at the team’s pit. Virtual pits give more people the opportunity to learn from teams around the world.


Spectrum’s Virtual Pit Meeting Information

Date: Third Saturday of every month

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Houston - US Central Time Zone)


Recordings

Spectrum plans to post recordings of our Virtual Pit sessions to our youtube page.


Other Virtual Pits

ChiefDelphi Thread

NASA Alliance Project Virtual Pits Page

Thank you to the Robonauts FRC#118 for developing and modeling this idea.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Spectrum Robot Design Review Videos

While we moved our meeting to virtual sessions, we have been doing design reviews or design overviews of all of our past robots. Today we finished the series by doing a design review of our 2020 robot. Below we will link to the full youtube playlist and to each of the videos for our 2012-2020 robot. (While 3847 existed in 2011 we weren't Spectrum until 2012 and we don't have any CAD for the 2011 season).

Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTocT0DivsNnpLQTUjilKfViGwg69PSW3

Ultraviolet 2012


Gamma Ray 2013


Infrared 2014


X-Ray 2015


Ultraviolet 2016


Gamma Ray 2017



Infrared 2018


X-Ray 2019


Ultraviolet 2020


We have also added a few other videos to our youtube channel and will continue to do so while meeting virtually. If you want to be notified of new content to subscribe to our youtube channel or follow us on Twitter.

- Spectrum

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Chairman's Award - Houston 2020

We were honored to receive the Chairman's Award for the suspended Houston 2020 District Event.

Here is our 2020 Chairman's Video.


Congratulations to the other FIRST in Texas District Chairman's Award Winners!

- Spectrum

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Spectrum 2020 Design Slides

Throughout the season we kept a design slide deck that allowed us to keep notes and document our designs and ideas. We are releasing this to the public so people can see how some of our ideas developed. We did go back through this document to add a few slides that were based on notes in other places and it was updated throughout the season so some of the kickoff area slides aren't really from kickoff.

Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13yS35uDdEM2lEDKCAESrFgklObFr6WldLW2VufSugBQ/edit#slide=id.g8165cb3ccd_2_5

Friday, March 6, 2020

Everybot Progress Photos + Gluing Balls


Everybot

Our Everybot project should be driving next week. We made a few changes from the original design already but overall, it's mostly stock. The two biggest changes are it has a NEO for a climber motor and only has one set of gear on the arm.

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Ball Glue

Team update 16 has a link to a ball repair guide for events. We wanted to test the glue that is specified and see how repaired balls felt. We bought the glue and repaired a ball and left it overnight. It seems to seal up the cuts pretty well but with our first test ball, it didn't cause the cuts to become airtight again so the ball was still easy to compress, similar to before we glued the cuts. The places that are glued do feel a bit harder, then normal places on the ball. We glued the rest of our cut-up balls today and we should be able to test shooting them next week. (we are taking the weekend off, everyone needs a break)

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