Thursday, February 14, 2013

Day 40: Only 6 remain

We hadn't done much testing of the tilt mechanism until today. It still needs work but it's at least closer than it was yesterday.

We'll have surgical tubing helping it balanc,e but the 100:1 versaplanetary and BAG motor are working perfectly for this application. We would like to thank FRC#3310 Black Hawk Robotics for making us the 1/2" hex shaft coupler that allows the tilting mechanism to be so simple.

The robot is actually on our scale in that video. As shown we are only 85lbs, we still have about 10-15lbs to add but we're still going to be easily 20lbs underweight.

Here is a view of the robot with the lift fully extended and the shooter box tilted up. This is about our ideal shooting position.

We're working on replacing all of our lift cross bars because the intial sheet metal version were twisting too much. We have 1.5"x1" aluminum rectangular extrusion that will be replacing them tomorrow to make them more rigid.

The competition robot begins assembly tomorrow. We should have him running by Monday for our open house.

- Spectrum

"It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through." - Zig Ziglar

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