Today in engineering, we worked heavily on Clockwork as well as Veronica and the t-shirt cannon. We also spent time sorting out what to take to THOR and what to leave in our build space. On Clockwork, we replaced a Lexan panel on the top of our robot used to guarantee that the rope will make contact with the winch and that there is enough surface area on the top to activate the touch pad. In this process, we taught a new member of our team how to drill, rivet, and use machinery with 5190 levels of safety. We also fixed the bumpers. There was a right angle bracket that had gotten knocked off during our driving practice on Saturday. This bracket was a point of attachment for our bumpers, so naturally, it had to be fixed for safety. We replaced the bracket and also replaced the Lexan polycarbonate panel above it which is used to protect the pneumatic systems and was also damaged during driving practice. During this process, we also taught, even more, new team members the safety behind the machines we use and how to keep themselves safe. We also fixed the wrench that is used in the winch. The winch’s ratchet was messed up during a particularly rough climb. On Veronica, we continued to prototype the gear mechanism. As THOR is this weekend, most of our focus went to Clockwork, but we also continued experimenting and watching videos to see how gears would function in different types of intake and which would be the most efficient, especially with our driver’s approach to the airship. On the t-shirt cannon, we continued to work on the electrical to get it to run as soon as possible. We are now waiting to find a better router to complete the t-shirt cannon.
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Today in engineering, we headed over to the practice field Triple Strange had graciously offered to let us practice on. We practiced competition like elements to prepare for THOR which is coming up quickly. Thank you again, Triple Strange!
Today in engineering, we worked on Clockwork, Veronica, and the t-shirt cannon. On Clockwork, we fixed a motor for the agitator and prepared a versa planetary encoder stage. Aftter that, we were able to hand Clockwork over for vision, skills, driving, and general practicing. On Veronica, we fixed the gearbox by changing a bad bearing that we had not previously thought of. We also began prototyping Veronica’s gear mechanism. On the t-shirt cannon, we put all of our electrical team in attendance to work on the wiring to get it running.voot for iphone
Today in engineering, we worked on Clockwork and Veronica. On Clockwork we finished the motor on the shooter that we had been working on during the previous meeting. All that is left to do on Clockwork at the moment is replacing the encoder of the agitator. On Veronica, we are continuing to work on the gearbox problems by replacing a motor.
Today in engineering, we worked on Clockwork and Excalibot. On Clockwork we started fixing the bottom motor of the 775 pro gearbox motor which was in question at our last meeting. On Excalibot, we built a motor for its arm and we are working to replace the current belt system with chains, to avoid belts slipping which are avoided because chains are held with a sprocket.
Today in engineering, we worked on Veronica, Clockwork, and the t-shirt cannon. On Veronica, we spent time attempting to identify the problems with its gearbox that we think is keeping it from driving smoothly. On Clockwork, we were driving and testing it as well as checking up on the shooter to make sure everything is still working fine. On the t-shirt cannon, we finished up all mechanical issues and now have to hand it over to be wired and programmed.
Today in engineering, we worked only on Veronica. We spent the majority of the time cleaning out Veronica’s chain in tube system because we felt a slight catch while testing it. After cleaning it out, we also thought of ways to improve the drawer system from its current design. We then handed Veronica over to the drivers to test and run it.
Today in engineering, we worked on all three in-progress robots. On Veronica, we worked on switching the hinge structure to a drawer structure as started during the last meeting, added support for the bumpers required at THOR, and managed wiring for the battery. On the t-shirt cannon, we wired the barrel rotating motor. On the summer project, AnKIT Bot, we got the robot to begin shifting gears efficiently and tested the gears to continue making minor adjustments to smooth out the shifting. We also worked on fixing a simulated pneumatic problem with a fraction of our competition pit crew. This was timed and supervised by our former vice president of engineering with the intent of preparing our core pit crew to be able to step up and work effectively during THOR and future competitions. On top of this, we taught new students the fundamentals of cutting and drilling safely and efficiently as they worked on Veronica.
Today in engineering, we spent the majority of the time shifting our entire build space from one side of the warehouse to the other. In this process, we were also able to reorganize our materials and supplies. We were also able to set up in a manner that will allow us to better test our robots and summer projects. We did make slight progress on the summer project and Veronica today. On Veronica, we began designing a change from the current hinge structure to a drawer, which allows better use of restricted space. On the summer project, we also wired a solenoid and fixed a broken pancake piston.
Today in engineering, we worked on the summer project and the t-shirt cannon. On the summer project, we worked on the pneumatic systems, which are being taught and implemented at the same time. On the t-shirt cannon, we continued the wiring, mounted the non0contat sensor, and began a new plate to better secure our airtight seal. We also began looking through and researching the makings of PWM cables for the t-shirt cannon but were unable to do anything with them.