1/30/16 – Saturday – Wired

The day had just begun, it was 9:00 AM, and members stood idly by in the lab. Itching to get to work, they first attended the meeting.

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Meeting prior work.

It was during this that Nanor, rookie and CNC Mill member, received the Platinum Wrench Award (formerly Golden Wrench Award) for her outstanding work on the Router.

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Nanor showing the award in front of the Router.

Simulation member Jacob finally rooted out the last of his numerical errors, and now his calculations match up to about how they are in real-world scenarios. With this done, he entered the numbers into MATLAB as a polynomial equation. They used this to figure out other output numbers so there’s no need to make individual measurements anymore. After this, Jacob took more measurements to find the coefficient of friction of launching the ball from the shooting mechanism.

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Jacob and Dr. Stone taking measurements of where the ball would be shot from.

Lousaper of Lathe team made gearbox standoffs on the Lathe.

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Lousaper on the Lathe.

Programming member Daniel worked on the Drive Base and the code that will keep the motors from damaging themselves while stalling. Jake worked with Mr. Black to wire the batteries and he worked on a fully tele-operated control of Snapdragon. John worked on a code that should make Snapdragon move a given number of feet autonomously.

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The materials Jake and Mr. Black had to work with.

Arvin of the Business team continued his work on the Woodie Flowers Submission as well as the Chairman’s Award questions. Nicole, fellow Business member, worked on the Brand Guide.

Around 12:00, lunch was brought out. For today the team ate delicious hamburgers, freshly made. It was so good.

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Members adding condiments to their burgers.

CNC Mill member Nanor won the Platinum-Wrench Award, then Routed¬†out the second Base Plate with James of CAM. During this, Dustin and Mr. Widholm worked on the Side Rails. The CAM program had a minor flaw in it, and it messed up two of the parts before they restarted with two new pieces. After this, Mr. Widholm helped Dustin start the Cross Rails for the front and back of the robot. They pocketed one side of the rails with triangles and drilled the other sides, breaking an end Mill in the process. Reason being was the spindle¬†speed for one pocket was 1/10th the speed of what it should’ve been.

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Nanor showing the finished Base Plate in front of the Router.

Animation team member Anthony C. spent the day testing both rendering methods, making identical stills with each. He also made a CAD room inquiry and I Ray rendering is favored over Mental Ray. Christopher looked for materials for their secret project.

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Animation team working on their tasks.

Welding team mainly waited for parts to be machined for them to weld afterwards. So Eden helped construct more Castle Tower sides while Roupen filed down the electronics plate to reduce the chance of cuts due to burrs. The team received a new shipment of filler rods, but they were covered in some kind of black tar, so Mr. Black called McMaster and a new shipment is being sent out to us.

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Roupen filing down the electronics plate.

Mika, our Consecrated President was busy with cutting and sanding and filing really complex parts. After the Router had its way with the Base Plate, Mika took it and sanded down the edges so it wouldn’t be as sharp and dangerous to users holding it.

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Mika sanding down edges.

She also was assisted by Karin of Prototyping team in tapping the holes in the Base Plate.

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Mika and Karin tapping holes.

Alexander, our Sanctified Vice-President has over-watched the finalization of the shooting design as it was sent to the CAM team. He has calculated that the entire shooter/claw mechanism should be under 10 lbs. By the end of the work-day, the team has a solid idea of what the entire robot will look like, and it looks good. Alexander and Mika plan to order every needed bolt from McMaster by tomorrow, as well as another VexPro order and B&B Manufacturing and others. Mika, Karin, and Alexander worked on assembling one side of the drive train to see what the belt tension will be. They’ve determined that they’ll need a custom tensioner that is spring loaded form the findings. Alexander has also been working with the Programming team to ensure there’s room to place all needed sensors on the robot and said room is already in the designed robot. Work in CAD on the telescoping arms has been done, and the design for the primary arm structure is in work as well.

Mr. Black picked up some aluminum from Industrial Metal Supply in Sun Valley for the team. He also reviewed the Google Grant application that Arvin and Anna in Business room had completed. Mr. Black worked with Lousaper on the Lathe to produce tapped standoffs and with Jake and Karin to manufacture battery cables. At one point, he witnessed both HAAS Mills and Tormach Lathe running at the same time, a milestone to how far members have become at operating these machines properly.

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Aluminum from Industrial Metal Supply.

The lab closed at 11:00 PM this night.

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