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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.

1/29/16 – Friday – Tapping Out

First things first, the team assembled around 3:10 to partake in the daily meeting where they’d get their goals and such. Today, the team would stay until 9:00 or later, and all members loved hearing this for it meant more time to work.

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Morning meeting led by Alexander and Mika.

Right off the bat Luke of Web started to work on the Chairman’s Award Video storyboard. He conceptualized and began writing the first draft of the script with help from Maggy – a fellow Clark student who’d later help with the Lincoln Science Fair.

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Maggy and Luke working on the Chairman’s Award Video script.

Business member Andrea continued working on the team’s dog tags. She also spent some time working on the cover of the Alumni Book on Adobe. Nicole spent the day working on the Brand Guide while Arvin and Anna wrote the Woodie Essay.

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Business members working in the Business Room.

Welding member Roupen continued running tests on the prototype shooter and was able to weld a test piece of the robot’s bumper supports.

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Roupen helping Daniel work on the Prototype shooter.

Not liking the results, Roupen looked into a better way to create supports. Other member Eden worked on the Castle and continued practicing to weld.

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Eden helping Programmer Meetkumar construct the Castle Tower.

Jacob of Simulation worked with Dr. Stone in measuring the compression of the ball when in the intake. They then took measurements using weights on the two intake wheels to see how much it compresses at given weights. Jacob can take the data and find out how much force the motors would need to launch the balls with precision and accuracy.

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Jacob and Dr. Stone working on calculations.

Lathe member Lousaper has spent the past days working on the Lathe to finish parting the drive shafts. Now she was helped by Mr. Black to tap the drive axles. During so, they ended up breaking three separate taps. The first was due to operator error, but the next two was due to chip load and the depth of cut. Finally, they settled on a spiral point tap, finding it’s much stronger than a spiral flute tap. With it they were able to produce much better results in the 7075 aluminum axles and re-manufacture two axles after they’re scrapped (due to broken taps).

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Lousaper learning how to operate the HAAS Mini Mill 2.

Mr. Black also installed hooks to hang Band Saw blades from in the Inventory Room, and one hook to hold C-clamps off of in the Drill Press Room.

As this day ran late, members ate marvelous pizza.

Alexander, our extraordinary Vice-President began the design of the actual robot shooting and intake mechanism. He has decided there will be two 775pro motors used in the shooter, one on top and one on bottom, having individual control of each. Each motor has a single stage of belt reduction at a ratio of 12:45, and maximum RPM is just under 5,000 theoretically. Alexander also made sure any parts CAD or CAM makes is made how it was designed, so he makes checks on manufactured parts.

The lab closed really late, or early depending on how you look at it at 2:05 AM. In less than seven hours, the lab will open again.

1/22/16 – Friday – Clean Hubs

As it was a minimum day, Team 696 met at the lab at 1:00 ready to work until 9:00 the earliest. Of course, Mr. Black, Mika, and Alexander began the work-day off with a meeting. The main purpose of today’s meeting was to prepare the members for all the guests the lab would receive on Expo Day.

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Mr. Black preparing the members for Expo Day.

To fully prepare the members to answer parents’ questions, the team performed small skits where one person would be the Team 696 member and the other a parent attending the Expo. It was very humorous indeed, but really taught the members how to properly act in that situation.

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Anna pretending to be a parent attending Clark Expo while Mr. Black acted as a Team 696 member.

During the meeting, Luke of Web showed everyone how to use the email sign-up website. He had created it for parents to put in their email and sign-up for Team 696 Robotics’ mail list easily and quickly.

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Luke showing everyone where the page was and how to operate it.

Simulation team member Jacob spent the rest of the day gathering parameters that he’ll  need for future calculations. As the ball is going to be compressed in the flywheel mechanism, Jacob got some weights and placed them on top of the ball to see how much it’s compressed depending on the weights.

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Jacob of Simulation taking a small stretch-break before sitting back down to continue calculations.

Over on Welding, Eden improved Obstacles and also cleaned up the lab for Expo Day. Member Roupen attached a piston to the prototype shooter mechanism. It is now able to shoot an object 12 feet.

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Eden cutting up some wood to fortify Obstacles.

Andrea of Business team worked on her vinyling skills. She learned how to properly set up the vinyl in Signblazer – a major accomplishment. Andrea also kept working on the Stronghold button design as well.

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Andrea designing the team’s button for this year’s competition.

CNC Mill member Dustin tore off old supports for the triangular batter ramps as they were poor and couldn’t support much weight. Then, with help from Welding member Eden and Prototype member Devon, Dustin rebuilt new supports out of large blocks of wood that’re much better than before. Dustin then remade a list of materials needed to finish the batter and third Castle Tower and gave it to Mr. Black. He then ran the spindle warm-up program on the Mini Mill 2 and let other CNC Mill member Nanor run a part.

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Dustin, Devon, and Eden creating better and stronger Batter Ramps.

For dinner, Jacob and his family brought everyone delicious sushi rolls and dumplings. Sadly, there are no pictures to document this as the Photographer Samuel was out getting his haircut. He’d come back with less hair, but no sushi in his stomach. Yet he’d still write all about it in the blog as his other duty as Blogger.

Mika, our Pragmatic President, spent much of the day finishing preparations for Expo such as planning what goes where and when. She also cut stock for the Lathe and cleaned up the lab for Expo Day.

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Mr. Black, his brother Mr. Black, and Mr. Hoard leveling some stock for the Lathe so that Mika can begin cutting it.

The lab closed at 12:30 AM. By then, the Lathe had cut some wheel-hubs and was ready to cut even more the following day for Clark Expo. Also, a safe-mode had been programmed for Snapdragon where the robot’s speed is lowered and the shooter is disabled. This will come in handy for Expo so people other than Team 696 Driving team members can drive the robot without posing a threat.

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First step in making the wheel-hub – already cut by Lathe.

1/18/16 – Monday – Pizza Wheels

As it is Martin Luther King Jr. day,  Clark Magnet has no school this beautiful Monday. And so the Robotics members took full advantage of the absence of school and walked into the lab at 9:00 AM. Greeted by doughnuts and a long day of work ahead, they went to their designated spots with doughnut in hand. Except they ate before going as Team 696 does not like ants invading our lab.

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A plethora of sweet delights waiting for someone to grab them.

To begin the blog update, we begin our journey in the Cinema room where Jacob and his mentor are hard at work as members of Simulation and Analysis sub-team. Commonly known as MATLAB team, they’ve been recently trying to figure out why their simulation’s drag does not compute to reality. After taking some videos of the ball being launched from the robot’s prototype mechanism, Jacob was able to figure out the velocities by the difference in distance betwixt frames. Finding how little drag affected the ball in reality whilst the simulation had a lot of drag, the pair decided to do more research into drag itself. After digging around a little, they discovered something called “Reynolds number.” Simulation team thinks what they’re experiencing is called “drag crisis,” which is where the drag decreases during the launch of an object because Reynolds number increases. Further research is needed though before any possible findings can be conclusive.

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Jacob of Simulation computing air-drag on launched objects.

Eden of Welding helped assemble mechanisms and Obstacles after cutting out wood for other people. He and James of CAM also cleaned up the Material Shed because Team 696 wishes to maintain cleanliness and order as it reflects our maturity and responsibilities as an FRC team.

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Eden taking pride in his hard work.

Roupen, the other Welding member, tried different wheel positions and compression on the prototype shooting mechanism. After several different combinations of the two, one was finally found that maximized performance and so a huge adjustable shooter mount with piston-actuation mechanisms was constructed.

Mikia of CAD 3D printed out a wheel hub, and Anthony K. completed the bumper supports. Claire made more progress on the electronics plate.

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Claire and Anthony K. working on CAD.

Dustin of CNC Mill assisted Devon of Prototype in creating more ramps for the Castle Tower Batter as well as fixing up the old ones that had been oriented wrong – needing to have their supports redone. However, the two didn’t have enough plywood to complete two more ramps that will be needed later. Dustin and Devon then helped out other CNC Mill member Nanor and Jonna of CAM on creating another side for the Castle Tower. After this, Dustin also helped Karin and Lauren of Prototype with constructing the bases for the Obstacles.

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CNC Mill team looking for more plywood in the Material Shed.

James of CAM started working his CAM for new wheel adapters after helping out Eden clean the material shed.

Before continuing, I shall quickly note what was had for lunch for the team had lunch today. Consisting of salad and pizza, it could be said that this lunch was both delicious and nutritious.

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Jacob and Dustin enjoying their pizza and salads during the lunch break betwixt working.

And now I shall continue: Prototype members Lauren and Karin worked with Lathe member Lousaper on cutting up pieces of 4×8 plywood.

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Karin and Lousaper cutting planks of wood.

The trio needed the wood to create two more bases for platforms and ramps.These two would make four new ones in total that the group has made. After assembling the platforms, they helped Nanor and Dustin of CNC Mill and Jonna of CAM with building the second High Goal. A little later, Lousaper worked the Lathe at the request of Mr. Black.

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Karin, Lousaper, Nanor, and Devon constructing another High Goal.

Nicole of Business team finished the new Team 696 brochure. She also updated the sponsor brochure and our business cards. Andrea brainstormed more ideas for the Stronghold Team 696 buttons and edited sponsors. Andrea organized the Business room and also did tasks for Mr. Black such as creating copies of important documents. Anna did vinyl work, Chairman’s essay, and worked on the Business Plan. Final member Arvin also worked on the Business Plan and Chairman’s essay alongside Anna.

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Nicole working on brochures while Anna and Arvin work on the Chairman’s essay in the background.

Daniel of Programming made a PID control system. Jake made extra sure that Snapdragon was ready to go for the next day as Rosemont students would be coming by. Bhavin continued getting the camera to work with GRIP over the robot’s network. And John developed code for the encoders of Snapdragon.

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Daniel working with Bhavin on the computer.

Mr. Black procured additional lumber for the Obstacles, for which 696 members were very grateful of. He then tested five different tires to determine which one would suit the robot best for its future tasks. Mr. Black also designed the custom CNC machined wheel hub, unpacked the kit of parts, and even placed orders for wiring supplies. The whole team thanks you Mr. Black for the hard work and passion you put into Team 696, we couldn’t do it without you.

Mika, our brilliant President added items to the “need to buy” list for Mr. Black. She then went to help Business team in their activities as well as provide feedback on their recent output. And of course, she looked over all the teams to make sure everything was being done in a proper efficient way.

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Mika admiring the bumper supports.

Alexander, our clever Vice-President decided to order parts in place of transmission assembly. He also finalized the superstructure prototype, but it still needs iteration and perfection. Alexander worked on the bumper design, finishing the basic concept but it still needs to be translated into a CAD model. He also inspected the designed wheel hub for accuracy, checking to see if the hub could actually be used as it was designed to.

For the final half-hour prior to the “official” ending of the meeting at 6:00, all members partook in cleaning up the entire lab. This included organizing, taking out the trash, and even vacuuming.

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Daniel of Programming vacuuming the Business room.

The lab closed at 9:10.

1/16/16 – Saturday – All Along the Watchtower

Meeting at Clark at 9:00 in the morning sharp, all sub-teams save Business met in the Cinema room to discuss robot design ideas throughout the entire team. The reason for this is to get everyone on the same page on what we will be striving for during this Build Season. Also, this enables members to voice their opinions on what could make a better robot.

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Members brainstorming in the Cinema room.

During this time and throughout the day, Business team members Nicole, Andrea and Anna and Arvin worked hard in their room. Nicole worked on the Brand Guide content, with emphasis on the logo sections. Andrea spent the day continuing work on the button design whilst Anna and Arvin worked on the Google grant and business plan.

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Arvin working next to Nicole in the Business room.

Bhavin of Programming configured the Axis Network Camera so it could transmit a video stream from Centurion to GRIP for vision processing. Jake continued honing his skills in Java programming using some CodingBat exercises. He also worked with Jack, Robotics’ former President, on wiring the Axis camera and light-ring to the Power Distribution Panel on Centurion.

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Bhavin hooking up the camera using programming.

Sipan and CAD team finalized the layout for the build plate. They also designed and manufactured the mechanism that’ll pick up and shoot the object. The group also cleared a jam in the Maker Bot Replicator 2 and made great progress on the drive train.

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CAD team working with Roupen and Mika.

Nanor of CNC Mill and Jonna of CAM finished the Castle’s watchtower. They extruded the High Goal by 6″ and added a bar that could support 130 lbs. The pair then helped Devon of Prototype with the Draw Bridge. After which Nanor moved on to help Karin, Lauren, and Lousaper to make the platforms.

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Jonna and Nanor building the Castle Tower.

James and Meetkumar finished the robot drive base with proper spacing between wheels. They even added a handle so someone can ride it to give it the proper weight needed. James then helped out Mr. Black with testing the intake and shooter wheel sizes.

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James and Alexander and Roupen and Mr. Black testing the shooting mechanism.

Dustin of CNC Mill helped Devon and Jonna create the Draw Bridge Obstacle. All that’s needed now is to add the springs. Dustin also cut out pieces of wood with Jacob to create ramps with help of Eden.

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CAD team working hard.

Christopher of Animation team messed with 3DS to get a proper hand but couldn’t find any way to finish a good model.

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Christopher working on his computer.

Devon and Lauren of Prototype worked with Jonna of CAM and mentor Dr. Hunt on constructing the Draw Bridge.

Lunch for the day was chili dogs. Very yummy.

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Look at these happy faces munching on some chili-dogs.

Roupen of Welding and Eden split up for the day. Eden went to help the mechanical team on Obstacle building while Roupen thought of a way to shoot the ball. He decided on a flywheel design and spent the rest of the day until 7:40 building it. He also got James of the CAM team to help him pocket pieces of plywood to house bearings.

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Roupen and Sipan creating the flywheel mechanism.

Mika, our powerful President, worked on getting a “to-purchase” list made. Alexander and Mr. Black focused on the mechanical needs while Mika worked on the electronic and wiring items needed to purchase. She also helped Claire set up the electronics plate.

The conclusions reached by the end of the day are as follows: Wheels <2″ diameter do not effectively shoot the ball with 1 CIM powering direct drive. Unlikely to work much better with more motors. Insufficient rotational energy in the small wheels. 4″ dia and greater wheels shot the ball with acceptable range/force when direct driven by one CIM (insert Video). Having ball in contact with wheels, then energizing wheels, does not sufficiently accelerate the ball. Close shooting into high goal works very well by human hand, and seems like it could be mechanized. Impacting the ball seems highly variable so far, at least in tests by human hand. Side mounted wheels (rather than top and bottom) could be an option to use bigger wheels. Spring loaded plunger seems promising, if it can be made precisely using linear slide components. A prototype wooden box with rollers driven by two cordless drills also seemed capable, but did not not launch the ball nearly as far as the spring loaded plunger.

The lab closed at 8:30.

1/15/16 – Friday – Drive Base

The lab was full of members by 3:10, listening to Mr. Hoard and Mr. Black give an update to our status. Among pointers on what needs to be finished, they also told the members what fields they could improve on.

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Students listening to Mr. Hoard in the lab.

Mr. Black and Mr. Hoard met with Business team members Anna and Arvin and with Blogger and Photographer Samuel in the Cinema room. While there, they discussed the Chairman’s Award – what needs to be done when and how.

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Mr. Black, Arvin, and Anna looking up the submission form for the Chairman’s Award.

Once back to the lab, Anna worked on the Google grant proposal. Other Business members Nicole and Andrea were busy in the business room. Nicole updated the brochure, flyers, and business cards. She also made a revised recruitment brochure. Nicole started the MailChimps email for Expo as well. Andrea spent the time selling light-bulbs and reorganizing the excel sheet showing sales. She also continued designing the button and planning for Expo.

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Nicole getting insight from Mr. Hoard on the design.

Animation team member Christopher completed the hand tutorial and created a hand for the character. He believes that the head of the character will be completed by the next day. But by the end he had finished half of the character. His partner, Anthony C., completed the rest of the character during the afternoon and spent some time cleaning up the model. He made sure to bridge the model’s appearance to that of their reference and the human body.

Welding members Eden and Roupen finished the Sally Door and Rough Terrain with help from Mr. Larson. Besides this, the pair was also able to finish the Ramparts. Then, at around 7:30, Roupen began to prototype the shooting mechanism, leaving final assembly for the next day. He was also able to make custom slots into plywood thanks to CAM team which will hold a welded aluminum assembly. Mr. Larson and Dustin of CNC Mill crafted some aluminum parts to hold the assembly together.

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Mr. Larson and Roupen working on an Obstacle.

CAD member Sipan finalized the dimensions for the base-plate. CAD team also chose the drive train and wheel configuration and designed and manufactured the prototype shooting mechanism. Sipan also acquired the center-to-center distance for the belt system.

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Sipan working with Jonna of CAM and Roupen of Welding.

James of CAM worked with Meetkumar of Prototype to finish up the drive base prototype. They constructed it in a way so that wheels could be mounted in many different configurations.

Karin and Lauren of Prototype worked with Lousaper of Lathe on adding some final touches to the Low Bar. They then worked on the Cheval de Frise Obstacle, collecting all the components needed to build it, including homemade pipe clamps.

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Lousaper and Karin drilling some wood for the Obstacle assembly.

Dustin of CNC Mill helped mount the High Goal to two posts and adding support for the posts. He also helped mount the Low Goal on the two same posts. Dustin worked with Sipan and Jonna to create a CAM program from a model made by the CAD team. They used the program to cut out two pieces of wood with slits, which they’ll use to test one of the robot’s mechanism.

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Devon, Jonna, and Nanor working on the supports for the Castle Tower which will house the High and Low Goal.

As the meeting continued past 6:00, we were provided food. And so members gorged themselves on wonderful slices of pizza.

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Mentors getting first pick on delicious pizza.

Mr. Widholm and Mr. Black developed a concept for a multi-stage telescoping box-tube assembly that will be used to deploy a hanging mechanizm. It will be able to extend about 2.5 times its own length, and is driven outward by contant force springs, and retracts with a motor-driven winch. They also performed loading testing of a 6 wheel drive configuration with 8″ pneumatic tires over Obstacles.

The lab closed at the bright and early time of 12:45 AM. In a few hours, members will fill it back up for the next Robotics meeting.

1/9/16 – Saturday – Kickoff

There’s nothing quite like going to school at seven in the morning on a Saturday. The cold air, sun’s just getting up, 696 members yawning and stretching as they arrive to Clark – nothing quite like it indeed. The kickoff stream was scheduled to happen around 7:30, so members gathered in the cafetorium to eagerly wait for the stream to begin. This stream would show the team what the new FRC challenge would be, with a link that we could use to find the new guide-rules manual so we could begin building our robot.

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Students eagerly watching the Kickoff videos.

Once the stream ended, the team headed up to the lab to read through the game’s manual. Having over 100 pages to go through, the lab remained quiet while members read through the entire manual. Once done with, members helped themselves to bananas and muffins with milk on the side as a healthy breakfast.

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Our daily morning meetings where Mika and Alexander lay down the schedule for the day.

Around 9:45 members – apart from the business team – met in the room next door to the lab to brainstorm ideas for the robot. Everyone had the game manual out on their phones or laptops so all inputs would be informed ones with evidence to back it. Mika wrote down the eight obstacles that our robot would be up against while other members began explaining what types of mechanics could work. This continued until around twelve.

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Most members gathered in Cinema room to discuss ideas.

Lunch came next, provided by Lauren’s wonderful mother. Consisting of delicious Hawaiian bread and sausages, one would take three breads still connected with a slice in the middle, put the scrumptious sausage in, add toppings, and take a soda. It was truly great, and for those that don’t like meats, there were optional salads you could take. Some chocolates were there to finish it off.

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Members scrambling to get some great food.

After lunch the true work began. Brainstorming had finished, there were multiple mechanisms that must be built to see how well they’d work, and the CAD team would be busy setting dimensions to the various robotic parts.

A quick rundown of what the game our robot would be in is needed to understand what the teams did today. The field would consist of three main areas: two Courtyards with a Neutral Zone in between. They’d be separated by a row of defenses called the Outer Works. At the center of the Neutral Zone would be balls. The objective would be to take a ball, go through the other team’s Outer Works to their Courtyard, get up to their Castle and either roll a ball in or shoot one in for more points. This would repeat until one team’s Castle is weakened and captured or until time runs out. The Outer Works each have five different defenses, chosen from a total of eight defenses.

Jacob of Simulation team reverse engineered the field diagram from where the team wanted the robot to shoot from. He did so to get a range of distances that would even allow the robot to shoot from, to see what changes must be made to then shoot from a desired position on the field.

Business team member Andrea worked on light bulb accounting, the sponsor logos, and ordering buttons. She also worked with Anna on vinyl. Anna added new while taking off old sponsors from the sponsor wall. She also researched past winners of the Engineering Inspiration Award to get a better feel of what’s needed. Nicole vectorized logos for the Gene Haas Foundation and SoCal Gas. Besides this, Nicole designed the first pages of the 696 Brand Guide as well. Arvin examined the past winners of the Chairman’s Award and Entrepreneurship Award to try and find similarities in writing styles and content that allowed these entries to win.

CAD team members Sipan, Anthony K., Claire, and Mikia kept a list of the mechanism ideas discussed earlier. After discussing the objectives and ways of the game, they searched for an optimal robot size. With multiple designs, they compared them against each other to find one that would best suit the game’s challenges. They also informed the Prototype team of what mechanics needed to be made and seen if they worked properly.

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CAD squad fabulously comparing different robot sizes.

Lousaper of Lathe team worked with Roupen of Welding and Lauren and Karin of Prototyping with assistance from Joshua – an alumni Prototyper. This combination of teams began designing the frame and arms of the robot in a way that’d allow it to clear the Outer Works’ many defenses.

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Karin and Roupen working hard.

Animation team members Anthony C. and Christopher set objectives for themselves to achieve. These included creating a rectangular medieval flag with the Circuit Breakers logo on it, some scenery that would lead to the pit area with tool decor and a table, and finding a modeled container for interactive props such as glasses. All of these objectives had been completed by the end of the day. They also planned to complete the safety animation in the next five days. Christopher then took it upon himself to find character modeling and rigging characters in animations.

The Programming team broke off into two groups. John and Jake focused on how they would program possible robot parts so they’d be prepared for when these parts became real. Meanwhile, Bhavin and Daniel became acquainted with using Graphical Represented Image Processor, or GRIP. This is a program that will allow the robot to assist the drivers with vision processing.

Dustin and Nanor of CNC Mill designed a 6″ wheel with spokes using CAD. They also designed a CAM program for the techno router based on the model. After which they cut the wheel out of wood using the techno router and gave it to the Prototype team. The Prototype team used it for the model of the robot they were building.

Devon of Prototype team was assisted by the CAM members Jonna and James as well as Eden of Welding. Jonna and James designed some magic triangles. Then they all built them. These magic triangles are a sort of slide that will help the robot cross the iron wall, moat, tilting planks, and ramparts. The triangles will be pneumatically actuated and their rest position will be about 1 to 2 inches below the top of the robot. There was an idea about these triangles being able to rotate a full 180 degrees but no decision has been made about that. High density polyurethane or HDPE was attached to the front of the triangles. These slippery white plastics will allow the robot to easily slide over obstacles.

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Members discussing and brainstorming magic triangle dimensions.

Mika, our prestigious President spent most of the time making sure everybody knew what their individual tasks were. She also cut wood on the Dewalt saw as she is the only one allowed to. Mika lead the strategy debates as well as keeping the teams that were prototyping the robot design on task.

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Our wonderful President Mika cutting wood.

Near the end of the workday, much more brainstorming took place. There ended up being a lot of conclusions being written on the whiteboard along with possible mechanism designs.

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Feast your eyes upon the whiteboard by the end of the day.

The members also considered driving under one of the defenses: a lift-up gate. But this is what they ended up visualizing happening.

The day finally ended at 8:30 with the closing of the lab. And with this, the first day of Build Season was brought to an end.