Watching Week 1

We have been learning a lot from reveal videos and week one competitions. With that knowledge we have decided to make some modifications to our robot.  We ended up at 99lbs right before bag day so we have some weight to play with.  Here are some of the things we considered:

Options for robot modifications
– add non actuated intake arms
– add actuated intake arms
– modify intake plastic tabs
– modify intake arm plastic tabs
– modify intake ramp
– add feeder robot
– add 2 container auton device
– add 4 container auton device
– add side tote pickup

The team has been doing some prototyping and CAD modeling to figure out how we want to proceed. Here are some CAD Images.


The team has also picked up 2 new sponsors; The Renewable Energy Corporation and National Metal Fabricators. Thanks for joining the team.


The team has also been hard at work learning from this year’s build season.

– working robot before end of build season
– time to test
– better division of responsibility
– more organized

– behind schedule
– should have robot before week 5
– too much waiting on parts
– need more organization
– need more tasks for each person each day
– need a more specific schedule
– seniors did not show up consistently
– people did not work as much as they could have when they were there
– single copy of CAD

– have an assignment board
– use more due dates and deadlines
– need 3 student CAD people
– need students design integrate who can distribute tasks
– have CAD machine in the design lab (or laptops who can handle CAD)
– more fund raising
– Improved org structure, with roles and responsibilities defined
– clear plan for students to do work (spread the knowledge at the beginning of the build season
– have the integrator at the lab consistently
– reduce the knowledge gap both before and during build season
– meet more often in fall
– get forms and safety test done sooner in the fall

– waiting for parts
– playing blame game
– leaving unfinished work
– not cleaning up your own mess
– not handing off projects to people who are staying in the lab



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