Category Archives: Build Season

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Machining of Superstructure Frame.

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

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

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

Practice Robot Base by end of day.

The lab closed at 11:00 PM.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2/5/16 – Friday – Wired

School at Clark Magnet ends at 3:00, but by 3:10, those in Robotics meet in the lab to begin working. They all first attend a meeting that tells them what they should focus on for the day.

Team 696 meeting.

Member Luke of Web team worked alongside Clark student Maggy. Together, the pair worked on the script for the Chairman’s Video. Hopefully, this will be completed soon so the actual editing can begin.

Luke and Maggy writing the Chairman’s Video script.

Business team member Andrea worked on Excel, adding new sponsors to the sponsor list. She also worked on the dog tags with Adobe Illustrator, and is glad to report some of the dog tag designs are completed. Nicole remade the PDF of Behind the Design page featuring Team 696 for Mr. Black, then she continued working on the Team’s Brand Guide.

Nicole and Andrea working on their different assignments in the Business room.

James of CAM finished the standoff program. At around 9:00 PM the standoff was beginning to be manufactured. James then began working on another standoff, but this one looks a little different.

James working on the CAM model of the standoff.

Karin of Prototype worked with Mika for the whole day. Together they began wiring the Practice Robot. To do so, Karin had to learn all about the wiring process, then they had to actually physically wire it up.

Mika wiring the Practice Robot.

Right before dinner, the Team had a Noodle War where they used Pool Noodles as their weapons. It was fierce and very fun.

Dinner consisted of delicious pizza.

Members quickly finishing the pizzas.

Eden and Roupen of Welding finished the bumper brackets. They continued to weld the base plate onto the frame, finishing that as well. Good job Welding team.

Roupen and Eden admiring their work.

Simulation member Jacob and Dr. Stone – his mentor – were concerned that the torque of the motors would end up stalling out, so they looked through their calculations. They found that when the ball is being shot out it doesn’t stall the motor at all. During the 1/240th of a second that the ball is in contact with the wheels, Jacob and Dr. Stone calculated it would reduce the RPM by about 200. After talking with Alexander, they now have to find calculations about a back axle in the shooter that would add some mass and act as a flywheel. A flywheel, not to be confused with a shooter wheel, is a wheel that’s specifically made to add inertia to a system. This would make the reduce in RPM less, increasing the torque of the shooter itself and decrease strain on the battery.

Simulation team calculating RPM reductions.

Mr. Black assembled the Kreg stand for Arbor press. He also fabricated a wooden top and organized the machinist toolbox.

Constructed Kreg stand for the Arbor press.

Alexander, our Fantastical Vice-President, finalized the Pivot Gearbox. It will utilize two 775pro motors at almost 280:1 reduction to rotate the entire Robot Arm.

Continued wiring of the robot continued while Alexander finished the Competition Robot design. He also found a way to mount the sprocket for the arm joint to the box-tube and how to get the arm to pivot on a strong joint that won’t break.

The lab closed at 1:30 AM.

2/4/16 – Thursday – Framed

As always, the workday began with a meeting where the tasks and goals were given out for the day.

Morning meeting right before members split off to begin working.

One major accomplishment of the day was the completion of welding the Robot Frames, done by Roupen and Eden. The welding was finished to the point for wiring to begin around 7:00 PM, and around that time Roupen began to weld the competition Robot Frame.

Masterful bead welds done by Welding member Roupen.

Lathe member Lousaper sanded down the ThunderHex shafts. Using the manual Lathe, she did so to allow them to fit into their bearings.

Programming member John worked on getting Snapdragon to move autonomously while Bhavin continued working to get visual processing to work through the network. Jake focused on figuring out which batteries are best to use.

Jake researching on his computer.

Over in the Business room, the lone member Andrea continued research on button prices. She also expanded her search to pens. Then, she discussed possible Chairman’s Video ideas with Media member Samuel.

CNC Mill Nanor made the Bumper Supports. Other member Dustin was assisted by CAM member James in completing both SB50 connectors. James also programmed the CAM for bumper supports to begin to be manufactured.

CNC Mill members and CAM member James talking it out.

Jacob of Simulation team and his mentor Dr. Stone have decided to stop focusing on completing the overall calculations, but rather to focus on the specific compression of the ball and how it will affect the battery. During their new calculations, they found that the motor’s torque is significantly higher than the stall torque.

Karin of Prototype spent the day helping out Mika and Mr. Hoard. First she learned how to cut 1″ x 1″ box tubes at unusual angles. Then the trio began to assemble the competition robot with rivets.

Mr. Hoard helping Karin rivet the Robot Frame.

They also set up the special table, covering it with a blue blanket and placing assembly and wiring items atop it. Karin drilled and tapped holes on the Practice Bot because it had to be drilled before any assembly could take place.

Karin polishing parts of the Robot Frame.

Mr. Black searched through the sumps on the Haas Mills for fine chips. He also bolted the Burr King sander to the floor for earthquake safety. Mr. Black also printed and prepped sponsor Thank You letters now ready for mailing. After this, he then entered about 26 lines of items – over $4,000 – to the expenditure accounting sheet for reimbursement purposes.

The lab closed at around 10:10 PM.