For week five, we experienced advances in what we have already accomplished. Our programming sub-team started working with a program known as GRIP for vision tracking. They also accomplished creating an autonomous to transfer powercells to the bottom port of the power port. The electrical sub-team focused week five on educating their new members on the ins and outs of putting together the control panel and wiring it, as well as crimping and preparing wires for use with the robot. The electronics panel was wired and formatted to allow for maximum space management and potential from wire length.
Mechanical sub-teams also accomplished many things this week. Heavy lift tested the constant force springs and installed new brackets onto robot lift. Hook for the lift was also designed and tested on the field.
The teams are busy redesigning prototypes and finalizing designs for fabrications.
The high shooter team spoke with mentors and modified the shooter to implement physics and the location of the feeder system on the robot. The heavy-lift was finalized, and a new gearbox was designed to be installed on the lift. The low shooter is finalizing the CAD and finishing any major fabrication of the intake. As for the control panel team, they cut the bracket required for mounting the sensor and installed it.
We had significant work done on the business, programming, and the electrical fronts. The business team remained able to work on the business plan and came up with a list of awards to aim for. Along with this, they created a plan for a Girls in STEM event. With the electrical team, a new team was formed. The team finished briefing new members on the major components of the electrical panel. Afterwards, the team brainstormed ideas on how the E-Pan would be mounted onto the robot. Then, the electrical team, with the help of college students from Georgia Tech on the Robojackets were able to finalize what parts go on the two locations for the electrical systems. We decided to have two locations for the electrical systems, as well. They included the belly panel and the intake panel. The belly panel comprises the PDP and the Victor SPXs, and the intake panel included all other electrical components. Finally, the electrical team, divided into sub-teams, started work on pneumatics, created an idea for the intake panel, 3-D printed a radio case to mount on the side of the intake, and worked on the Driver Control Station Plan. On the programming front, the lift and winch code was moved with the autonomous code, to a different file to make the code more class-based. They successfully made the Control Panel spin until the color sensor hits a color. The Programming Team also wrote an autonomous program for the robot to dump all the balls and cross the initiation line and plan on testing this in the following weeks.
Week 3 saw the completion of significant prototypes such as the hooded shooter and intake system.
The hooded shooter prototype was cut with CNC router, drilled, and fully assembled. They modeled the intake/shooter using CAD and cut out a piece for the feeder walls on both sides. The heavy lift team finished the main piece and is preparing to mount the lift to the chassis. The light lift team has begun testing out their design and are working on modifications to ease the movement of the lift.
The business team has accomplished the completion of the outreach documentation, which involved recording the information, history, and future goals of our FTC teams. The next project to be completed was the financial plan. After the group had discussed with mentors and checked inventory, they finished finances for this season.
The electrical team began planning the electronics panel for our 2020 prototype. They worked with the mechanical team to figure out the implementation of motors and other mechanical components on the robot. The programming team modified the control panel by including code to spin the control panel based on the color sensor.
Today was a normal build day for all the teams. The Avenger Robotics teams are progressing well and they are getting ready for the competition next Saturday.
Avenger Robotics 7451 competed at the GRITS Offseason Event and finished 16th out of 32 teams. It was a wonderful event and a great opportunity for the team to show interested students what FRC is all about and what really happens at events. In the end Avenger Robotics 7451 won 4 matches but for them winning the matches was just a secondary benefit. The true benefit of the event was upcoming members having the ability to experience an event to truly understand what FIRST is all about.