Business member Andrea transferred media taken during the Los Angeles Regional competition onto Team 696’s network. She also finished taking inventory of all merchandise in the lab and proofread the business documents still needing to be printed.
Nicole, another Business member, made some minor corrections to the Business Plan, Brand Guide, and Sponsor Booklets prior to their printing. Anna worked on vinyl and updating certain files.
Lousaper, the sole member of Lathe team, finished compiling the list of necessary materials to take to the competition. This was crucial to ensuring nothing would be forgotten for the Ventura competition.
As members stayed at the lab until after 6:00, pizza was provided as dinner.
Mr. Black welded a new jack mount onto the team’s trailer and filled the tires of both the trailer and Suburban to the proper pressure specification. He then adjusted the Tormach Lathe turret-lock sensor as well as installing coolant wiper and cable loom.
This day was devoted to the qualification matches. These are where different teams are assigned with other ones to form groups of three, facing off other groups of three. As many teams were still working on their robots, it wasn’t uncommon to see fewer than the six called teams taking to the field. These matches were for the spectating Scouts to consider the different robots while the teams were being given ranks. Depending on whether they won the match or if they beat all the defenses, teams would be given ranking points, moving them up the rank numbers.
Team 696’s robot Banshee was called up for its first qualification round, the second match of the day. Banshee performed fairly well for its first actual run that wasn’t purely practice. These qualification rounds were played as if they were an elimination match, but with all team robots instead of just the top alliances.
During Match 2, Banshee was able to score some low goals and even lift itself. This was a huge feat as no other robots have been shown to even be able to lift themselves. To be able to lift itself this early in the competition goes to show how essential Banshee can be in the elimination rounds.
The next time Banshee took the field was in Match 21. During this round, Banshee worked very well with its alliance members. Together, the trio were able to breach the Outerworks, gaining a rank point. Once again, Banshee hung itself at the end of the match.
Round 32 was the last match for the day in which Banshee would participate. During this round, Banshee shot many low goals and breached the Outerworks. At the end of the match, Banshee aligned itself with the enemy castle, hoisting itself up for the third time. Banshee was then the only robot to hang itself each and every time it went up in the qualification rounds. Team 696’s alliance won this match as well, gaining two more ranking points.
During this day, Arvin and Lousaper performed the Chairman’s interview. This took place around 11:20 and went very smoothly, the judges even complimented the duo on their appearance and their graceful professionalism.
With only a few days left until Build End, every second wasted was a failure. But Team 696 still held a meeting before getting to work. It was a Friday, but school ended around 1:00 as it was a minimum day for the students. This meant Team 696 could meet for longer.
Jacob of Simulation team worked on the documentation. This covered static friction, shooter geometry, ball trajectory, drag, video verification of ball trajectory, calculating trajectory, and cleanup on the formatting. Team 696 is certainly glad we have Jacob as a member.
The wonderful Lathe team, consisting of member Lousaper, kept working on Delrin spacers. These would be formatted to the Telescoping Arm. Lousaper also worked on the spoil syncro bar and omni-wheel shaft.
Dustin, a member of CNC Mill team, remade two of the Spring Plates for the Telescoping Arm because two had snapped. The process took about 5 hours, he used the Super Mini Mill 2.
For dinner, as the meeting ran over 6:00 PM, was brought in. It consisted of fantastic chicken, pita bread and hummus, green beans, and a home-made potato dish.
Business team member Arvin finalized the textual components of the formal Business Plan. He was assisted in doing so by Anna. Andrea helped set up the gym for practice drive runs with the robot. She also finished the button designs on Adobe Illustrator and continued the Alumni book cover.
Daniel of Programming helped set up the gym field, then he worked on getting the Robot Arm to move and shoot balls. Bhavin, Jake, and John helped with field work.
Bhavin also worked on fixing some code.
Mr. Hoard, the Business team’s mentor and local “Super Genius” as he’s called, saved the day once again. The Telescoping Arms were sticking together, so the Extravagant Mr. Hoard designed and manufactured a prototype of the “hats.”
Mr. Black sent in the request for buses for our regional competition trips, made a lunch reservation for the Ventura trip, worked on building an ordering list for equipment and supplies for the lab, and machined snap ring grooves in the omni-wheel axles for the robot’s claw.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Black assembled the Kreg stand for Arbor press. He also fabricated a wooden top and organized the machinist toolbox.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welding member Roupen continued running tests on the prototype shooter and was able to weld a test piece of the robot’s bumper supports.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the meeting continued past 6:00, we were provided food. And so members gorged themselves on wonderful slices of 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.