Week One: Blue Twilight

Programmers:

The programmers are working on an old robot to develop the CAN ID, or the Component Area Network ID. The CAN ID helps with communication, communicating with the robot itself and with other robots. For example, it can give the programmers feedback on the power usage. The programmers are also working on what they call a test bot program. This week, their primary focus in this program is to get the wheels working using an octocanum drivetrain. Mentored by former member and captain,  Nathan Conroy, on Thursday night, the programmers were trying to get the wheels on the robot to pivot, and so far this is proving to be more of challenge than they had thought.

 

Drivetrain and CAD:

Drivetrain and CAD are working together this week to try to accomplish a variety of goals. Earlier this week, Drivetrain was trying to resolve an issue with some maintenance holes. This issue is important to resolve because the holes will be used to attach the adjustable center bar, a much needed part in the build season robot. Along with that issue, they are trying to resolve an issue with the cim motor; this part is essential because it is used for gear backspacing. Throughout the week, some separate Drivetrain members have been working on one of Blue Twilight’s old robots, Scorpio, to improve it for use in future outreach demos. One of these lator improvements is trying to get the wheel belt to work properly. Drivetrain and CAD have set goals that are carefully, but efficiently, being completed.

 

On and Off Robot Electronics:

On and Off Robotic Electronics have been working together this week on coming up with a new way to display our logo. The donation of Chibitronics Sticker Circuits systems from Chibitronics has allowed the Electronics team to improve their logo by using stickers and LED’s, helping Team 2220 light up even more! Along with working with Off-Robot Electronics, On-Robot Electronics is working on building roboRIO test boards for the programmers. These test boards have an essential part called the roboRIO, the brain of the robot. Even though On and Off Robot Electronics have their hands full, they’re making wonderful progress.

 

Manipulator:

Manipulator has been working extremely hard this week with designing robot models, and on Saturday, the subteam leads chose which model to build this season. The first model proposed was a 6 foot 6 inch, the maximum height, robot that stacks bins and crates vertically. By hooking the first trash bin and lifting it, you can then stack two more crates under it. The robot then releases everything at once, making it easy to back away. The second model proposed was shorter and could stack more crates than the previous model, 6 crates and 1 trash bin stacked vertically. The model also had long arms that extended 3 feet out to round up and then push crates and bins to a desired spot. The model also has an arm on the back of it to place a trash bin on top of the crates, or to carry another crate or bin. Both models were wonderful candidates and both were worthy of building, but in the end the elected choice was the second model. The Manipulator subteam worked extremely hard this past week, and their ideas are now going to be applied throughout the build season.

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