2/17/16 – Wednesday – Optional Meeting

Today was an optional meeting for those who could make it. Samuel of Photography sadly could not make it, so there is a lack of photos.

Members who went included CAD members Anthony K. and Mikia, Prototype members Devon and Karin, and President Mika. They assembled many things, including the Robot’s Wheels, Transmissions, and Gearboxes.

This same day Mr. Black assisted a mentor from Team 981. The mentor was helped in plasma cutting, bending a Base Plate, and welding the Shooter Mechanism for his Team’s robot. Mr. Black also tried out a new Windows 10 tablet, seeing if it could hold potential for the Scouting during competition.

The lab was vacated at 9:30 PM.

2/16/16 – Tuesday – Tools for Spools

With much to do, and not a lot of time, Team 696 split off immediately to finish their assigned tasks. With Build Stop only a week away, tensions could be felt as members worked their hardest and hoped nothing would go wrong.

James of CAM and Dustin of CNC Mill team worked together to run the first operation of the Winch Spools. These parts had already been worked on by Mr. Black on the Haas Lathe, so Dustin used James’ CAM program to cut out special steps in a set of soft jaws on the Mill.

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James creating the CAM program he’d give Dustin to use the Mill with.

The pair continued to Mill out spokes and holes in each the six Spools. James’ then gave Dustin another CAM program to face off the remaining stock. Other CNC Mill member Nanor continued where Dustin left off when he headed home.

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Dustin cleaning off part bits in the Mill.

Jacob, member of Simulation team, worked on the documentation of motor curves, flywheels and the ODE function and solver. All of this data will be put to use in few days when calculations would be created.

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Simulation team member Jacob and mentor Dr. Stone looking through their calculations and compiling data.

Business team member Nicole put sponsor names on the Team’s trailer with vinyl.

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Nicole posing by the vinyl machine as it cut out the vinyl.

Other member Andrea helped wet up the cafetorium for the Robot to practice driving. She then began button designs as the dog tags had been previously finished.

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Andrea working on the button designs while Nicole worked on the computer.

Jonna of CAM was accompanied by other members such as Mikia of CAD and Karin, Meetkumar, and Lauren of Prototype set up the Obstacle Field in the cafetorium for the robot practice drive. The group first had to clear out the tables and chairs to get the floor wide and empty.

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Members cleaning up the room before placing Obstacles.

Mr. Black rebuilt the X and Y axes of the Manual Mill. This had to be done as the X-nut was falling off and the machine itself needed cleaning. It works much better now that it’s adjusted and oiled.

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A newly oiled and adjusted Manual Mill.

The lab closed at a healthy time of 9:55 PM.

2/15/16 – Monday – Burning Rubber

As usual, the day began with a meeting. But this one was at 10:00 AM as there was no school. After this brief meeting, the members broke off to accomplish their daily tasks.

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Meeting before the workday begins.

Lousaper, our wonderful lady of the Lathe, has been on a streak of making parts on the Lathe. This day was no exception, and she finished the Shooter-Gearbox Spacers and Tension Rods.

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Lousaper holding an intimate conversation with the Lathe by running through the programmings of the machine.

Business team member Nicole worked on the Alumni Book and began adding sponsor vinyl to Team 696’s trailer. Anna finished 7 sections of the Business Plan and helped Arvin with some dog tags after working on the vinyl machine.

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Anna storming through the Business Plan like a true member.

Andrea worked with Arvin on the Laser Cutter to complete the dog tags.

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Arvin and Andrea watching the printing process of the dog tags.

For lunch Team 696 were given delicious tostadas. They were also given cake as it was Daniel of Programming’s birthday! Happy Birthday Daniel!!!!!! We thank you for the cake.

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Members eating and wishing Daniel of Programming a Happy Birthday.

Jacob of Simulation worked on documenting what he and Dr. Stone have been doing for the entire Build Season thus far. With about a page done, there’s still much to write about and even more to do still.

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Jacob helping Luke for a second while both were working.

Luke of Web spent the day polishing the Scouting System that we’ll use during competition. During this, fellow Clark student Maggy worked on scripting and story-boarding the Chairman’s Award Video.

CNC Mill member Dustin faced off the remaining stock after doing the first operation on the Arm Plate Supports. To do the operations Dustin and Nanor had to Mill special steps into soft jaws on the Super Mini Mill 2 with CAM program provided by Jonna of CAM. They were able to finish 16 supports, all still needing to be drilled.

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Jonna and Nanor working on the Mill.

Programming member Daniel worked on programming the Robot so it could drive straight if needed. Alexander halted his work to put on the Pivot Arm.

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Programming team working on code and driving the Robot.

Dustin of CAD worked with CAM member James on the Mill to create Soft Jaws to then manufacture the Winch Spool.

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James of CAM working on CAM.

Karin of Prototype team helped Vice-President Alexander attach small BaneBot wheels onto the Shooter. She and CAD member Mikia then joined Alexander, President Mika, Programmer Daniel, and Photographer/Blogger and Ruggedly Handsome member Samuel in the gym. While there members helped try and attach the Pivot Arm to the Robot and make the Obstacles more secure.

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Mikia and Karin working on securing the Obstacles.

Before long it was time to clean up the area, so around 5:30 CAD members Anthony and Claire as well as CAM member Jonna, CNC Mill member Nanor, and Prototype member Lauren were called down to assist. Together they were able to clean up the area and return to the lab in no time.

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Alexander and Mika turning the Robot on its side to work on it easier.

Alexander continued to work on the Robot after bringing it back up into the lab. Still attempting to attach the Pivot Arm, he first had to attach additional parts.

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Alexander patiently working on the Robot in the Programming Room.

Mr. Black finished machining the Lathe Operations to create the Winch Spools, but they still need work before becoming completely finished.

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Winch Spools fresh out of the Lathe.

The lab closed fairly early at about 7:45 PM to allow the members to head home and finish their homework before school the next day.

2/14/16 – Sunday – Gearing Up

This morning’s meeting was a little different than usual. Besides assigning daily tasks like usual, Mika and Alexander unveiled two gearboxes designed and created solely by students. This is a first for the team, so obviously it will stand as a milestone as to the evolution of Team 696.

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Unveiling of two gearboxes during the morning meeting.

Simulation team member Jacob talked with Dr. Stone, his mentor, on some inconsistent work values. They decided to try solving some of the work with calculus using time and power as derivatives. They also troubleshot and continued working on the flywheel code.

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Jacob and Dr. Stone of Simulation team.

Devon and Lauren of Prototyping team helped CAD member Anthony assemble the Robot’s Hanging Arms. These would allow the Robot to lift itself off the ground at the end of the match. Being concerned with how the metal glided over the button head stops, the group tested various methods of stopping the arms. They decided to grind down socket head screws and counter sinking for flat heads when finding that buttons are superior.

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Anthony and Devon working on the Hanging Arms.

CNC Mill member Nanor machined holes into long pieces of box-tube for the Robot’s Skid Plate Rails numbering five in total. During this, other CNC Mill member Dustin cut stock out for the small arm plate supports using the Horizontal Band-saw. Then Dustin ran the first of four operations on the fresh cut stock using the Super Mini Mill 2.

Business team member Nicole updated the Brand Guide and worked on t-shirts. Andrea worked on the Alumni Design and finally began laser-cutting dog tags after redoing the template on Adobe.

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Mika assisting Andrea with her Alumni Designs.

James of CAM helped define the stock size for the winch cable spool. All left to do is run the mill.

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CAM team working on their computers.

Programming team member Jake continued to test batteries. Other member Bhavin worked on Vision Processing while John worked on programming SnapDragon to drive autonomously.

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Bhavin working on programming.

Daniel and Dr. Clouse worked together to decide the future OI device on the control board as well as getting the Robot to drive wireless. Daniel then took the Robot out for a little test driving.

Lousaper, the Lathe team member, started on the Shooter-Gearbox Spacers.

Mr. Black introduced Business members Arvin and Andrea to the art of laser engraving. He also launched new DonorsChoose projects for 2D printing filament and machined the Winch Spool on the Haas CNC Lathe. Mr. Black additionally sourced switches and parts for the Control Board.

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Winch Spool being created on the Lathe.

The lab closed at a healthy 1:00 AM.

2/13/16 – Saturday – Apples and Oranges

Team 696 started their day off at 10:00 AM, an hour later than usual. Before starting any actual work, the members gathered on the Lab Floor to take part in an information-based meeting where updates were given and tasks assigned.

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Meeting right before getting to work.

CNC Mill team member Dustin finished Milling the 0.75″ boxtubes on the Mill, mostly consisting of drilling and tapping holes. Then he took Jonna’s CAM program to make holes on the 1″ boxtube for the extending arm, all six taking an hour in total. After this, Dustin was helped by CAD member Claire with Milling six elbow connectors that will be attached to the Telescoping Arm, with Claire setting up and offsetting the stock. She also cut pieces with the band-saw.

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Dustin preparing the CNC Mill for an operational run.

Animation team member Anthony C. finalized his explosion animation while Christopher deconstructed and grouped the Robot for the driving animation.

Jacob and mentor Dr. Stone of Simulation team spent the day refining their model of the shooter. After adding the piston’s force, the two were able to account for the ball being shot by the piston into the shooter wheels, then being pushed through those wheels, being propelled then by the wheels only, and finally the ball exiting the system.

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Jacob discussing with Dr. Stone about their calculations.

Member munched down on pizza for lunch.

Lousaper of Lathe team finished the Pivot and Winch Gearbox Shafts as well as the ThunderHex Shafts for the Claw.

Business member Anna was able to finally finish the Business Plan Layout. She had been working at this for the past few meetings, so the completion of said Layout is a huge accomplishment on her part. Working in the same room was Samuel, the team’s handsome and single Photographer and Blogger. He was writing up the prior day’s blog before heading off to take beautiful pictures.

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Looking good there Samuel.

Luke of Web continued working on the Chairman’s Video Script. He also sorted through some b-roll footage to try and source the best ones to use.

Mika, our Decadent President, worked alongside many different sub-groups. She helped Programming team get the Robot to drive, then she assisted Photography mentor Mariam in taking pictures of parts. Mika also continued wiring the Robot with help from Vice-President Alexander, then creating her own blueprint using Vault for the first time ever. Besides all this, Mika also took newly machined parts and sanded and buffed them. We thank you for your ever-hardworking ethics Mika.

Mr. Black submitted two DonorsChoose projects. One was for PLA filament and the other was for SSDs for new programming laptops. He also machined an additional arm pivot, 6 arm pivot-tube spacers, and compacted aluminum chips for recycling. Mr. Black then ajusted the belt tension on the Tormach SlantPro Lathe, used Inventor HSM to program a winch spool Lathe operation, and configured the Haas Lathe post processor. He also ran the first automated part cycle operation on the Haas ST-10 Lathe, a big accomplishment.

The lab finally closed at 2:05 in the morning.

2/12/16 – Friday – First Steps

As usual, the team held a meeting before going to their tasks. At this meeting, they were told what to do for the day, and congratulated on their hard-working efforts for the past few weeks.

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Pre-work meeting.

CNC Mill member Dustin began Milling the bar-stock for the three sizes of Arm Extension mechanisms. All six completed, two being 0.75″ and some 1.5″, during this Nanor and CAM member Jonna modified the black sprockets as some new holes needed to be drilled.

Lousaper, the team’s CNC Lathe team member, started making the pivot and winch gearbox shafts. Lots of progress was made this day.

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Lousaper checking the program on the CNC Lathe.

James of CAM designed a Lathe operation for the very first time. Even he, an aged member of Team 696 still learns new things on a daily basis on the operations of the lab. The part James was designing will be a spool to be cut out on the Haas CNC Lathe.

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James looking through a CAD model.

Andrea of Business team finished vectoring dog tags for mentors. She had been using Adobe Illustrator, and now she continued to design the Alumni Book.

Programming team member Daniel was able to get the 2016 Robot to drive after much work. John watched Daniel throughout this process to fully understand how to program the Robot. Jake continued working with the team’s batteries.

Web member Luke continued writing up the Chairman’s Video script. He was helped by the beautiful and amazing Blogger and Photographer Samuel. They were also assisted by Clark student Maggy.

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Luke and Maggy reading through the first drafts of the script.

Mr. Black and Mr. Widholm continued their learning of the Haas ST-10 CNC Lathe. Today they attempted making the Arm Pivot Tube with very nice results. While they’re still running the machine manually, they hope to have it run an automatic program tomorrow. Mr. Black also took some parts to the Team’s anodizing sponsor and picked up rivets for the Frame Skidplates.

As the team would be staying late, pizza was brought and fed to the members. We were very happy and joyous for this event.

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Members greedily scrambling to grab pizza slices.

Also, the 2016 Robot has made its first steps! That’s right, the practice bot is now able to drive wired – a very big achievement and notable milestone in this Build Season.

The lab closed around 1:30 AM.

2/11/16 – Thursday – Dog Days

Luke of Web finished his version of the script for the Chairman’s Video. He turned it in to Mika and Alexander for them to look over and criticize it. Samuel and Mariam of Photography also gave Mika and Alexander their scripts, to compare and find the best aspects of each.

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Luke finalizing his script with assistance from Maggy, a fellow Clark student.

Business team member Nicole worked on t-shirt designs for Team 696. During this, Andrea continued vectoring dog tags for the mentors. She also discussed button designs and where to order from.

Lousaper of Lathe team made the gearbox spacers using the CNC Lathe.

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Lousaper working the Lathe.

Programming team members discussed their autonomous plan. Member Bhavin worked on the vision processing while John worked with Encoders.

Dustin of CNC Mill worked on a three-operation part that became a mount for the winch. Then, with help from CAM member James, they were able to Mill out the shale from a block of metal. Dustin then flipped it over to face off excess, then back over to drill holes into the side. Other CNC Mill member Nanor worked on the small plates that will go on the box-tube of the extending arm.

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Dustin cleaning out the CNC Mill.

Simulation team member Jacob and Dr. Stone, his mentor, finished organizing calculation related to the inertia of the robot’s flywheels. With these the pair were able to calculate different RPMs. For today, they focused on including the force of a piston into the calculations.

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A beautiful photo portraying the hardworking Simulation team.

Thanks to a very amazing and hardworking mentor by the name of Mariam, the Powder-Coated Robot Frame was brought back to the lab today. This was only possible due to Mariam driving out to collect the parts herself. Everyone on Team 696 thanks you Mariam, you are a very important part of the team.

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Newly Powder-Coated Robot Frame and Arm.

Mr. Black and Mr. Widholm learned how to set up and operate the Haas ST-10 CNC Lathe. While more learning will take place tomorrow, for today the learned how to offset tools.

The lab closed at 1:00 AM.

2/9/16 – Tuesday – Cinnamon and Spice

The morning meeting was a short one this day, with Mr. Hoard updating everybody with where we are time-wise. After this, the sub-teams split off to accomplish their tasks.

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Mr. Hoard lovingly reminding members about how much time there was left.

CNC Mill team member Dustin finished the Main Robot Arm 3″ x 3″ x 26″ box-tube. During this task, he had James of CAM slightly alter the program after the first half of the total operation. Despite one dent in the third one due to a CAM and matching error. Throughout this, other member Nanor worked with CAM member Jonna on finishing up the Sprocket Plates. They also had to Mill out steps on a pair of Soft Jaws in order for it to fit the part made last time.

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Dustin checking the program against the planned design.

Eden and Roupen of Welding team spent the time welding. Together the pair were able to finish welding the Superstructure. Eden then sanded the tall welds so a connecting piece could sit flush.

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Welding member Roupen concentrating hard while welding.

Business member Andrea finalized the dog tags on Adobe Illustrator. She then created a practice sheet to engrave the dog tags using the laser cutter. Anna and Arvin were able to finish the Business Plan while Nicole continued her arduous work on the Alumni Book. Samuel of Blogging shared their room to create the blog post.

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Business team and Samuel of Blogging working in the Business Room.

Animation team member Anthony C. worked hard to fully animate the final CAD of the Robot. He had only received it this day, so hats off to you Anthony C., for taking initiative and beginning work right away.

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Anthony C. beginning the animation process.

James of CAM helped Dustin of CNC Mill finish the last half of the Claw Arm. He then started work on the cylinder mounting bracket.

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CAM team working on their computers in the Lab.

Luke of Web continued work on the Chairman’s Video script. He was assisted in his efforts by fellow Clark student Maggy.

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Luke and Maggy reading through their script.

Mr. Black finalized and submitted the Dean’s List Finalist Award nominations. He also fully repaired the lower-thrust bearing of the big green vertical band-saw. Mr. Black continued on and designed, manufactured, and installed a mount for the Hitachi Mv12 router to the Techno CNC router, this replaces the older Porter Cable router. Then, with some help, he manufactured the winch spool gearbox plates.

During the day, members helped themselves to some absolutely delicious and sweet cinnamon coated sugary bread. This amazing foodstuff was located in the fridge, brought earlier by Clark’s Principal Mr. Dall.

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Members happily passing around plates, napkins, and forks to enjoy their snack with.

The lab closed its doors around 1:00 AM.

2/8/16 – Monday – President Lincoln Day

There was no school this Monday as the GUSD was celebrating Lincoln’s birthday this day. But this just meant Team 696 could meet for longer.

Members filled the lab at 9:00 AM, ready to begin their work. Today was to be a long workday, and the faster they get started the more that can be accomplished.

Sipan of CAD finished the design for the control board module. He printed out the hole positions, getting Karin of Prototype to become accustomed to the button placements before finalizing the design. They then decided to drill and tap the holes to mount the Leonardo board in order to save some time. Cutting will begin once the 1/4″ polycarbonate arrives.

Welding team Eden and Roupen welded for the day. They were able to weld plates to the superstructure, then file down the superstructure arms so they can fit onto the frame.

For lunch, the members were awarded with amazing sandwiches. Condiments and other toppings were also present, as well was sodas for the very happy Team 696 member to grab for themselves. There was even chips present! It was fantastical.

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Happy members munching down onto their lunches.

Business room member Anna, newly returned, put the GEF logo on the wall. She then finished the last revision of the Business plan. Nicole, other Business member worked on the Alumni Book.

CNC Mill member Nanor was helped by CAM member Jonna to begin manufacturing the sprocket plates from cylindrical stock that Dustin had previously cut out. The piece was not finished however, due to a tool breaking and some CAM difficulties. Dustin was manufacturing the first half of the Robot Arm during this time.

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CNC Mill team helping to set up some stock metal to cut out for the Robot Arm.

Lousaper, the sole member of CNC Lathe team, started making Gearbox Spacers. These will be used to add space to the gearboxes.

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Never once did Lousaper space-out whilst making Gearbox Spacers.

Programming team member Jake remade SnapDragon’s code from scratch during the meeting. Other member Daniel worked with Karin from Prototype team to find the types of buttons needed for the Control Board. Bhavin spent the day getting more commands set up into the code for the new Robot.

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Programming member Bhavin working alongside Meetkumar of Prototype.

James of CAM worked on the Main Robot Arm on his computer. But while they were running the part, the spindle crashed down onto the part.

Other accomplishments of the day include the finalization of the Winch Gearbox, with machining to be started soon. It will use two 775pro motors close to 75:1, and will be used to retract the telescoping arms to lift up the Robot at the end of the match – designed to lift it in under 2 seconds.

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Finished Winch Gearbox CAD design.

The 3″ x 3″ box-tube of the Arm Structure has begun being machined. Special tires have been installed on the Practice Robot as well as full transmissions and a belt-drive system.

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3″ x 3″ Arm box-tube getting machined.

The lab closed at around 6:30 PM.

2/7/16 – Sunday – Soup Burn

Nicole, the lone Business member for the day, put together the Sponsor Booklets. She also started the new Alumni Book.

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Nicole working on the Alumni Book.

Welding team members Eden and Roupen scotch-brited the robot. They also finished welding the base. As a little side note, Eden, the Rookie Welder, burned his finger this day. But not from welding or hot metal, he spilled some hot soup on it. He’s fine now.

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Roupen showing Alexander the welded base.

The solo member of CNC Lathe team, Lousaper, modified the Drive Gearbox Output Shaft. She did so by using the Lathe.

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Lousaper setting up the Lathe’s program.

Dustin of CNC Mill team manufactured a gearbox plate by reusing some of the left over 1/4″ plate from the shooter plate. The pieces were taking too long to cut, so the CAM program had to be changed a few times. Nanor used the Super Mini Mill 2 to finish the A-frame. Dustin also cut some cylindrical stock for new sets of pieces.

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CNC Mill member Dustin working the Mill.

Simulation looked into the batteries for the robot, and the conversion factors between RPM and the used energy. After messing around with numbers that they’d received to see if they would fit into the system, but the model didn’t work as it had troubles from the very beginning. So Jacob and Dr. Stone of Simulation debugged their functions, then compiled them into one automated function. They also compared the data.

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Simulation team compiling their functions.

Mika, our Watchful President, worked with Alexander and Mr. Black to create a McMaster-Carr order. Mika also accidentally broke the horizontal band-saw by tightening the vice too much – breaking off two bolts. After Mr. Black took out the broke bolts, Mika put back together the band-saw.

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Mika, Karin, Daniel, and Mariam discussing the robot’s arm.

Mr. Black finished installing LED lights to Haas Mini Mill. Now the work area and machining operation will be lit up very nicely. He then placed parts orders and began working on the Dean’s List essay.

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A plethora of Constant-Force Spring Mounts for the Robot’s Telescoping Arms.

Many other accomplishments were accomplished this day, including the superstructure rails being finished on the Super Mini Mill 2.

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Machining of Superstructure Frame.

The Winch Gearbox was beginning to be worked on, and the Competition Robot Base was fully scotch-brited and cleaned.

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Competition Robot Base nice and cleaned waiting to be powder-coated.

The beginnings of the mounting of transmissions for the Practice Robot also occurred.

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Practice Robot Base by end of day.

The lab closed at 11:00 PM.