Saturday, February 18, 2012

Build Log 44: Only 3 Days Left

We spent the day at the Houston Scrimmage with teams 2587, 1429, 2585, and 441. It was great to see the other teams robots and see how ares works on something closer to the real field.

We had our share of problems today but the last few weeks of tweaking have been making us better and better. When we were working well, the collection system was feeding well and the shooter was great. We still need to work on our control panel and automation but mechanically we are looking pretty good.

The bridge device is our biggest problem, we aren't using pneumatics and a Jaguar just to run that motor seems like overkill but it's looking like a real possibility. The spike issues we had today were some of the strangest problems we have had all season. Not really sure what's going on but there doesn't seem to be a clear solution.

We did have some fun playing on the bridge with the Discobots. This was staged but it's interesting that this could even work.

We'll have some more video up tomorrow of actual shooting and driving.

- Allen Gregory

"I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true -- hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it." - Ray Bradbury

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