Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 2: Prototyping really begins

Today we continued our prototyping in earnest. We had members working on several different launching and collection mechanisms.

Here is our most well developed ball pickup device. It's a simple over the top roller claw using VEXpro and Banebots parts.





Another of our prototypes is the ball puncher. It uses surgical tubing to pull back a shaft and punch the ball. The goal is to use a mechanism like this to punch the ball over the truss and also into the high goal.


As you you can see this isn't working exactly as we would like but we learned a lot from it. We'll be working on a more traditional catapult tomorrow afternoon.

Here is a sneak peak at another prototype that we should be finishing up tomorrow.

Hopefully everyone is watching all of the great content coming out of RobotIn3Days.com and BuildBlitz.com. They are putting out great content to help teams figure out what they want to build, but remember that watching videos and seeing pictures can't replace good hard prototyping, plus it's fun.

- Spectrum

“All great achievements require time.” - Maya Angelou


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