A new arm is in the works

The first arm the team built this season took 3 weeks. For arm number two we have a week.  But we are smarter about a lot of things including compression rates, weight distribution, strength requirements and best way to intake.  We are also taking a page out of 118’s 2016 bot and switching to mecanum wheels on our intake. Here are all of the design we considered.



On Saturday we then went through all of the requirements for the new are am evaluated each option and selected the go forward arm.  Here are the detailed designs of the new arm.

Our awards team has also been hard at work and turned in the final award of the season.   This is a first for us and has definitely taught us a lot about how our team works and made us think about how we want our team to work ion the future.

We are planning a team 1389 field trip to see the FRC Stronghold event happening this Saturday 3/5, in Haymarket, VA. This will give us a chance to really understand the challenges of this year’s game and scout some of the teams that we’ll be playing in our upcoming tournaments.

And of course our event is coming up in less than two weeks.  Are you planning on stopping by Walt Whitman Highschool on March 12-13 to see robots play capture the flag?

Here is what the team has left to do;

  • Drive train – done
  • Bumpers – done
    • Red – done
    • Blue – done
  • Electrical board – done
  • Turret arm prototype – done
  • Turret arm – done
  • Turntable – done
  • Shooter – done
  • Vision – started
  • Main code – started
  • Strategy – done
  • Scouting system – done
  • Awards – started
    • Chairman’s – done
    • Wood Flowers – done
    • Entrepreneurship – done
    • Dean’s – done
    • Chairman’s video – started
    • Media award –  done
  • Competition documents started
    • Tech Journal started
    • Judges Packet started
    • 1 sheeter started
    • Safety Binder started
    • Pit Video started
    • Chairman’s presentation started
    • Bill of Materials – started
  • Pre-competition scouting – started
  • Inviting local leaders to events – done
  • Bellypan – done
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey – started
  • Reveal video started
  • Climber – not started
  • Defensive Cheescake – started
  • Wiring installation – done
  • Driver Selection done
  • Team Standard – started
  • T-shirt – started
  • Battery cart refurbish – not started
  • Refurbish battery leads started
  • Refurbish robot cart – not started
  • Paint Pit – not started
  • Alpha turret and arm – started



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