The day was a quiet day. Daniel, Team 696’s driver continued driving the Practice Robot. He actually got the Automatic Drive to work, and it is flawless.
Nicole of Business team continued printing out booklets. She then redesigned the 2016 Technical Document. Good work Nicole. Other Business member Anna sorted through the team’s buttons – created by Andrea – to count all of them.
Lunch was delicious tostadas. Everyone went back for seconds and some even got thirds.
Mika, Nanor, and Anthony K. worked together to fix the Technical Document. The trio worked hard to get it to a point where it could be reprinted and represent the best of the team.
This day was not an official work day, and so no members went to the lab. But nonetheless the lab opened around 9:00 PM. Mr. Black and Mr. Hoard had a goal in mind – to fashion a ratchet mechanism to lock the Arm during the hanging part of the Competition.
The dynamic duo had a fully designed solution by 12:00 AM with a Mounting Bracket fabricated via Plasma Cutting. Before leaving, a McMaster order was placed for some cylinders and screws that’s expected to arrive by 5:00 PM on Bag Day.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea worked with Arvin on the Laser Cutter to complete 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dustin of CAD worked with CAM member James on the Mill to create Soft Jaws to then manufacture the Winch Spool.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Black finished machining the Lathe Operations to create the Winch Spools, but they still need work before becoming completely finished.
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.
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.
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.
Lousaper, the sole member of CNC Lathe team, started making Gearbox Spacers. These will be used to add space to the gearboxes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And now I shall continue: Prototype members Lauren and Karin worked with Lathe member Lousaper on cutting up pieces of 4×8 plywood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whereas a regular Monday would end for students promptly after 3:00, it is at that time that Robotics team 696 begins. Running a rather tight schedule, members met in the lab at 3:10 for a small meeting where they’d be updated on new information and given their task for the day. Among other various things said, Mr. Black mostly talked about the achievements made in such short time. He also reminded us how this was only the beginning, for there was still much to do. And with that we began work at 3:25.
Right from the beginning, all teams started working furiously on their individual tasks. Programming team took on many separate tasks. Jake worked on Snapdragon, attempting to get it to drive slower so it wouldn’t be too risky to move around. John was tasked with getting a code that would work for QHR, so he found one and made modifications to allow QHR to be operable.
Daniel and Bhavin – also of Programming – spent their time attempting to get the AXIS camera working over the available network. Daniel also made sure there were copies of crucial codes and software setups already on the server, for future reference and as a back-up.
Lousaper of Lathe worked with Lauren of Prototype to inventory the kit of parts the team received on kickoff. After finding that two items were missing, they notified Leadership team and were then tasked to another job.
Lousaper and Lauren combined forces with CNC Mill members Dustin and Nanor as well as CAM member Jonna. Together the five worked on creating the frame for the High Goal. With minimal mistakes, or screwups (ha!), the frame was completed. All left to do is to mount the frame to a 6’8″ piece of wood. To reward themselves, the group took a banana break. Team members of 696 take their health very seriously.
CNC Mill members Dustin and Nanor teamed up with Jonna of CAM. The trio finished up a CAM program that’d cut out the High Goal for the castle game-piece. After which they used the program to cut the goal out on the Techno Router, and were assisted by Lauren of Prototype and Lousaper of Lathe. Together they all mounted the goal to more sturdy pieces of wood as to keep it stable for when they mount it for practice.
Simulation member Jacob discovered an error in his ways. After discovering that the initial equations the team thought best to find the angle of the arc was incorrect, he set out to right this mistake. Jacob then got his inputs on the distance of the goal in relation to the vertical position instead of the horizontal position. Hopefully this will lead to more accurate predictions of ball trajectories.
Luke of Web worked together with Leadership team and Mr. Black. They held a meeting with the scouting system developers. The meeting focused on what type of input and output they wanted to see from an ideal scouting system despite technical limitations. Desiring the system to be built on a game-independent framework, they agreed that it will be built using a web-based back end and browser client-side. This would allow the system to be easily adapted for use in 2017 and any future games. Also desired for the scouting system is a drag-and-drop style interface that’d be used for configuring the field for each match along with a snapshot showing how the field is set up for each match. These tasks they discussed would most likely require an additional scout. The group also briefly discussed long-term future technical possibilities of generative processing, using all available data, all available scenario combinations, and empirically-derived tuning variables to run a simulation and statistical analysis on all possible outcomes. They plan to look into connectivity and hardware at the next scouting development meeting.
Business team was very busy this day. Andrea spent some time accounting the light-bulb data to find who had yet to give money. She also used Adobe Illustrator to begin designs for a 696 team button. Andrea began by sketching drafts of the possible designs, finding many of the backgrounds too busy and needing improvement. Nicole created three more versions of the 696 Brand Guide cover to try and find the best candidate. After creating texture variations for the backdrops, she got opinions from members throughout the entire team.
Arvin continued updating and revising the business plan and designing graphics for the plan. Anna began drafting an essay for the Woodie Flowers award. And she has alluded that she has come up with a creative way to capture the judges’ attention right away. Beyond this, she has given no spoilers.
Devon and Karin, both members of Prototype team, began building the Drawbridge. To do so, they constructed a bill of materials needed for said Drawbridge. They plan to make it from plywood and polycarbonate, but the pair of builders still need some parts to create the Drawbridge hinge.
Eden of Welding kept working on the Sally Door and finishing up ramps for the various obstacle platforms. Head of Welding Roupen finished the Rock Wall obstacle. He then began creating the moat, and nearly finished save for a few missing screws. Roupen has noted that QHR has a 50-50 record when up against the Rock Wall, so there’s something to improve and modify next time to ensure a 100 percent success rate.
Mr. Black met with Mika and Luke our leaders to review the Chairman’s Award details. While looking through the section of the administrative manual, they found that the video is not due on February 4th. They’ve agreed that the best thing to do now is to find an angle for this year’s award entry. A meeting later on will go over what to do next regarding the Chairman’s Award. The group is also currently considering the VexPro 2-CIM ball shifter at the maximum possible gear reduction. Mika, Luke, and Mr. Black also watched about 15 minutes of Team Indiana Ri3D project and noted a lot of success from a 6 wheel drive chassis using pneumatic wheels with an 8″ diameter. Near the end they also planned the upcoming talks and demonstrations towards students and parents at Toll Middle School for Wednesday.
Alexander, our radical Vice-President, was absolutely amazing this day. Not only did he work with CAD and CAM, assisting them in every way he could, he also got on a call with a fellow Robotics team. While talking with them over the phone regarding what wheels would best suit a robot for this years challenge, he wrote down notes on paper over clipboard and had people bring up relevant information or objects using their computers. He was truly a sight to behold.
Leaders Alexander and Mika worked with CAM member James to try and find the correct-sized wheels for the robot. They concluded that industrial-style offerings do not suit the deign well, rather performance-oriented ones might.
Mika, our bodacious President, met with Mr. Black to discuss the upcoming events and what tasks the team should be focusing on in the upcoming days. Afterwards she led a quick meeting with Prototyping regarding their goals and then with the Business team on what they’ve done so far. Once done with that, Mika moved on to meet with Mr. Black and Luke of Web on the subject of the scouting system. She also discussed the Chairman’s Award with them until about 5:00. For the last hours of the day she focused on getting everything prepared and ready for the middle school presentations that the team would be attending very shortly.
CAD members Sipan, Claire, Anthony K., and Mikia continued looking through the game manual to get familiar with all the materials to be used on the robot.
They also discussed exactly how wide and tall the robot should be by the end. Mikia, Anthony K., and Claire also searched up possible wheels for the robot. Knowing that they needed one wide and large enough to get over the obstacles in the Outer Works, they also had to limit results to ones that would permit the robot fit under the Low Bar. Obviously, this was a very tasking job for the group.
Team 696’s Stronghold, nicknamed the lab, closed their gates and raised their moat-bridges at 8:55.