2015 Robot Build

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CHS Robotics Team - Game Kick-Off 2015
CHS Robotics Team – Game Kick-Off 2015

2015 Season kicked off on Saturday, January 3rd. The team went to WCTC to meet up with other teams for the FIRST game kick-off event.

This year’s challenge RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.  The full game explanation and animation can be found at here.

Week 1:  Strategy and Design

Organizing human walk-through of Recycle Rush.
Organizing human walk-through of Recycle Rush.

After the Saturday morning kick-off the team went back the high school for game strategy with a human walk-through of the game.

During week 1, we had to build a platform robot with the new roborio control board and electric components.  We started building out the playing field items that will be needed to test and practice with the robot.  The CAD (computer-aided design) team started designing the the robot components before we start building the robot. The programming team loaded new software and test code that will be used during the season.

Checking out the new roborio control board
Checking out the new roborio control board
Building game field parts
Building game field parts
Soldering electric components
Soldering electric components
CAD – designing robot components
Software Team - Installing required software for robot testing
Software – Installing required software for robot testing

 Week 2 –  Design and Prototype

Design work continued, the new electric and hardware components were installed and ran on last year’s chassis. The team was building out the 2015 chassis jig. The fabrication team started cutting and milling chassis components. The team is finishing up on the game field pieces, that  will be used to practice with the robot.

Software Team - Testing the RoboRio controller
Software Team – Testing the RoboRio controller

Test Robot – running new components

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Milling – chassis parts
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Building jig parts
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Building the jig for the chassis
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Building the chassis jig to form the aluminum frame

Week 3- CAD and Fabrication

Design was continued this week, however physical building took place in the form of finishing the tote chute and the beginning of welding. Milling and cutting of the chassis parts also started this week. In addition to this, the Computer Aided Design team continued working with the lift and tilt mechanisms while the programming team worked on installing the camera. The team also worked in gearbox design and worked out the math concerning the strategy.

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“Understanding Motor and Gearbox Design”
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Finishing the Tote Chute
Cutting aluminum for the chassis frame
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Team Meeting
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Software Team working on robot code and cameras
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Getting ready for welding

Week 4 – Fabrication

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Welding of the chassis frame
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Chassis frames ready for assembly
Getting ready for welding
Getting ready for welding

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Software team syncing up code
Software team syncing up code
Training on drilling
Training on drilling
Taking inventory on the Safety Kit.
Taking inventory on the Safety Kit.
Preparing the wires for the electric components.
Preparing the wires for the electric components.
Designing the pit area
Designing the pit area

Week 5 – Wiring and Assembly

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Electric panel installed on the chassis

Week 6 – Final Assembly and Testing 

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Swinging arm installed

 

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Testing lift capacity with tote and garbage can

 

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Testing lift capacity with totes

Feb 17th  –  Bag Day

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Final day of build – “bag day”
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Congratulations on Successful Build !!

 

Cedarburg High School Robotics Team – FRC #3197