2/6/16 – Saturday – Late Start

The day started later than usual, beginning at 10:00 instead of 9:00, members assembled in the lab for their meeting.

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Team 696 assembled in their meeting.

Business member Andrea received the Platinum-Wrench Award. Still just a rookie member, Andrea had been given many jobs to finish in a short amount of time. Everyone was glad to have Andrea on their team.

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Andrea showing her award proudly.

After getting the award, Andrea went into the Business room to finish working on the dog tags using Adobe Illustrator. She also worked on the cover for the Alumni Book.  Other Business member Nicole made the team’s standard (flag). Nicole also contacted Team 696 alumni to update the Alumni Book.

CAM team member James had to leave early for he became sick. Before leaving he worked on creating a 9″ arm support box-tube and two of four pieces on CAM. Jonna, the other CAM member, worked on supports for the arm as well, and a spring holder for the hook pistons that will allow the robot to hold itself up from the Castle.

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Jonna working on CAM for the supports.

Programming team member John programmed Snapdragon to drive autonomously while Bhavin continued working on the camera. Bhavin finally found a way to have the camera work with Centurion. Daniel continued making code for Centurion so it could also drive autonomously as Snapdragon did.

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Programming team and Meetkumar of Prototype writing code.

Lunch for the day was more pizza, which was absolutely amazing. It is unknown how pizza can taste so delicious such as this one did.

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Boxes of pizza before members ate every last slice, almost.

CNC Mill member Dustin Milled out three Standoffs on the Super Mini Mill 2. He also used the Mini Mill to manufacture 9″ support plates. The Mini Mill 2 actually broke down for a while, before members found the program problem. Nanor cut stock for small pieces that will later be used in the arm-extension mechanism of the Robot.

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Dustin standing by the Mini Mill 2 after it’s program broke down.

Jacob of Simulation and Dr. Stone, his mentor, continued organizing parameters from the shooting problem which was how the RPM would decrease during shooting out he ball. The wanted RPM is 5,000 and the gearing was 12:45, but now they’ve tried 45:12 instead with a starting RPM of 18,700. Reason being is the motor’s capacity is already 18,700 and it will cause the final to be 1,300 RPM. This cleared up programming issues as well.

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Simulation team working.

Mika, our Solid President worked with Karin with wiring the Power Distribution Panel, getting power to all electrical components, and routing the PWM wires to the roboRIO. She also did a lot of stock cutting and the usual task of watching over everybody.

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Karin and Mika working on wiring.

Mr. Black was able to paint an old metal cart, hex broach and tumble the wheel hubs, flush tumbler with clean water, and organize endmills in the inventory room. He also installed a coolant circulating pump in the Haas Super Mini Mill 2 and cleaned the pump in Haas Mini Mill. Mr. Black even began wiring LED flood light that will be installed to Haas Mini Mill and then fabricated hold-down feet for the new arbor press stand.

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Arbor press stand with new hold-down feet.

Alexander, our Fatherly Vice-President, finalized the pivot structure for the Robot Arm. It was decided that the superstructure frame will have an aluminum tube as a sleeve welded to it, and then a 1.5″ OD tube will go inside of that and be used as the pivot joint.

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Manufactured Pivot-Gearbox Plates.

And inside of this dead axle tube will be a live ThunderHex shaft that will power the winch spools on both sides of the robot.

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Pivot-Gearbox design in CAD.

Alexander also began working on the Winch Gearbox. This 9/16″ bore, 1/2″ stroke pneumatic cylinder will be used to actuate the pawl to allow for the telescoping arms to be quickly released. Parts used for climbing for the telescoping arms were being cut and machined as well.

The lab closed at around 12:50 AM, with the final member leaving at 1:30.

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