Monday, February 4, 2013

Day 30: Bumper Build + Prototype Videos

Bumper Build
Our 1st annual Super Bowl Bumper Build was very successful. We had 5 teams in attendance (4155, 4280, 4346, 4639, and 4689). It was nice to get to work with so many awesome teams on getting our robots competition ready. We're looking forward to hosting one of these again next year. Thank you to FRC #4280 (N-gen from Sam Houston MSTC) for providing bumper fabric and pizza to all the teams.

We have been more hush hush this year about our design than last. We have shared a few things, but the actual strategy hasn't been publicly revealed until now. Watch the video for our prototype tests. You should be able to get an idea of what we are doing.

Here is a recent CAD Model of the robot. It's not complete by any means. A lot of things have and will be changing, but we think we are going down a pretty solid path right now.

The lift raises and lowers the "The Box" (shooter/collector) from the floor to 76+" from the ground. We're planning on shooting from as close to the goals as we can be. The lift is not for climbing (yet) we will have a 10 point "Can Opener" hang somewhere on the robot to begin with.

We're hoping to get the sheet metal shooter parts back early this week. From there it's actual driving floor pickup and raised shots.

We have two weeks till bag day and a little over a month till our first competition (Lone Star 4/7-4/9).

- Spectrum

"As you make a prototype, assume you are right and everyone else is wrong. When you share your prototype, assume you are wrong and everyone else is right." - Diego Rodriguez

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