Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 Build Day 2: Building the field

Practice Field Building

Most of our manpower was spent on field building today. We started day making a lumber run for our modified version of the wooden field elements. We had a few alumni design field elements that would let us build the field easier than the team build version from FRC with the tools that we have. 

Infrared playing DDS

Our 2018 robot makes a pretty good Cargo specialist. It might reprise this role during some practice session in the future.

Animated GIF

Figure 4-20 incorrect measurements

Figure 4-20 in the DDS manual has two dimensions marked incorrectly. The two dimensions for the level 1 platform are wrong. They don't include the lengths of the ramps (each ramp is 11 1⁄2 in. (~29 cm) long), yet the dimension lines include those lengths. Be sure to look at the official field drawings or the CAD of the field to get the correct dimensions and don't use this image.

FIRST Twitch.TV Kitbot Build with Deejay Knight

HQ put together an awesome live stream today where friends of Spectrum Katie Widen and Nick Lawrence helped Deejay Knight assemble the AM14U4 kit chassis. If you are new to building the kit chassis, we highly recommend you watch the recorded video and follow along with the build. Katie and Nick will teach you a lot and make sure your drivetrain is built the correct way.

2D Sketches

As we go through our design discussions, we work out some basic geometry for our design ideas. None of these are fully fleshed out, but they help us figure out if some of our ideas are feasible. 

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”Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” - Truman Capote

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