Build Season: Day 10

Today we worked on making revisions to the Chassis Robot design as determined during the design review. The electronics board for the chassis is almost done and ready to be lasered out. The current design will likely be altered with the addition of other mechanisms. We opted to make a custom gearbox this year and need the chassis robot to test out the drive train as well as give programmers time to work. We also helped mill out some parts for Apex Robotics from Seattle. The rest of the team members were split up working on putting prototypes into CAD and building field elements. Tomorrow we plan to finish the chassis robot revisions and a big chunk of field elements.

Ryleigh Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 9

Today was not a fast day. We worked on CADing our power cube collector and had a design review for our chassis. This is so we can build one for our programmers to start playing with and making paths for autonomous. In addition we continued to cut apart old aluminum from the 2017 field to build features for the 2018 field.

JT Hammerstrom

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 8

Day 8 , no robot.

Check tomorrow.

Design is working on the drive train, and other unspecified tasks. A very exclusive interview with Noah Miller has told us, “this design is taking a long time”.  Another revealing meeting with Conor Nickel, quote says “ math”.

Our cube manipulator prototype is making great bounds in the right direction. The next step is putting it into CAD. Lead worker, Shane Beres says “new design come back later”.

In Bear Metal we trust,

Parker Ulrey

Bear Metal Robotics

 

 

Build Season: Day 7

A week has passed as our mechanisms start to come to life.

The collector mechanism is going very good. Today the team discovered which wheels are more effective in collection. We also determined how we would climb. Prototypes are coming to the point where they are advancing into higher quality. 

Taylor Peterson

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 6

To whoever is listening,

Today we broke off into new groups- 2 competing collection groups (Sub-teams Epsilon and Romeo) and 1 climber group (Sub-teams Alpha and Bravo). The collector groups already had already been working on previous prototypes and were just tweaking them and looking into new options. Specifically:

Epsilon

Almost done with the hard prototype of the arm and will probably be done by tomorrow.

Romeo

Changed and adjusted arm tubing on 2nd hard prototype of arm, tomorrow the arm will be adjusted because of problems with taking and releasing the box, also try different types of belt for guiding the box into the arm.

Alpha/Bravo

Went through different ideas for a climber.

They went through the pros/cons as follows:

Climber #1:

Pros

  • We can lift other robots
  • Simple to construct
  • We can climb

Cons

  • Extra distance off ground
  • Could damage other robots
  • Might pivet
  • Have to wait
  • Center Mass?
  • Deterioration after constant use

Climber #2:

Pros

  • Climbs from side
  • Out of the way for other alliance members
  • Uses other robots mechanisms

Cons

  • Have to climb further
  • Complicated concept
  • Twisting

They decided to pursue a simple mechanism that stays out of the way of other robots.

The climber group then created a list of what they need to do in order to get the prototype running.

The next few days will be essential to our team’s development.

Stay tuned,

Aldrich M.

&

Ryleigh Weston (on editing of course)

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 5

5 days down.

Many more to go.

Today we finished off the first round of prototyping with our strategy presentation. From here we will be refocusing our prototypes to match the mechanical goals set by the strategy team. The current prototypes have really started to take shape with metal iterations and more precisely designed parts. We plan on continuing with the prototyping process for about another week as we work on finishing up the robot design. Electronics and programming also started to develop vision and messed around with some new technology.

Until next time,

Ryleigh Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 4

Hello,

Today we made a flowchart of what we should do in relation to strategy, and evaluated different scenarios to see what works and what doesn’t.

students work on strategy

Conor’s arm team made a stronger/reliable prototype to manipulate the game pieces that was developed over the last couple days. It already is functional but the added strength will give us critical information on how it will work if we were to use it on the final robot.

Zoey’s arm team shortened their arm so that it fits the size of the box better and started on a new iteration of a grabber.

Zoey works on prototype

Exclusive interview: Programming is advancing their knowledge of critical vision techniques to detect critical game elements.

Robot not done.

Check tomorrow.

Nick Scofield

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 3

Hello!

Today we once again broke off into our strategy and prototyping groups. Our collector group tested out their mechanism, fixed gearboxes, and looked into other mechanisms. They plan on continuing to make new iterations.

The climbing group worked on brainstorming more ideas and testing them out. They have also discussed the teamwork aspect of climbing with such a small bar to hold on to.

The strategy group divided themselves up into two sub-groups. One group focused on what information needs to be relayed to the prototyping group in terms of robot design and the other focused on game-winning strategy. The strategy calculator was also finished and ready to use. We plan on finalizing our initial strategy and preparing our presentation to be ready for the Wednesday meeting. This strategy will change and develop more over build and competition season.

Until next time,

Ryleigh Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 2

Hello!

As the second day of our build season commenced, our team started to settle down and look at the game’s strategy and possible mechanisms with a critical eye. We broke off into our strategy and prototyping teams to start to work out the game.

The prototyping group started by going over the different mechanisms that we could use and comparing this year’s game to past years to find the best ways to approach it. They then broke down into different groups much like in our prototyping challenge and started to design and build various mechanisms.

The strategy team started off the day by creating minimum and stretch goals for each action. The difficulty of the game strategy and importance of the strategist (drive coach) position was revealed in the discussion. This team member will have to be able to make decisions faster than strategists in past games. Much of the match strategy will be determined during the autonomous period, especially in regards to what each alliance member will work on during the tele-operated period. This will require amazing communication skills in the drive team members.

Our strategists then went on to debating our priority list in relation to each of our competitions. This timeline of priorities will be infinitely important to our prototyping and design team in making decisions on what mechanisms we should use. Several members of our team also worked on creating a calculator spreadsheet in order to calculate possible scores.

Our team plans on continuing to make strives in both strategy and prototyping leading up to our Wednesday meeting in which the strategy will be shared with the team. After the meeting, we will continue to prototype but with a more focused approach.

This meeting has given our team a lot to consider within the next week and we plan on making great progress in the build process over the next week.

 

Thank you for your time!

Ryleigh Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 1

Hello!

Today marks the first day of the 2018 Build Season. Our team woke up early in the morning to go watch the game release at the Auburn High School kickoff event. You can view the game animation at:

FRC 2018 Game Animation

After watching the game animation, we broke off to view the game pieces and participate in break out groups that discussed rules and strategies for the game. Our team then went back to our own school and started to go over the game rules as a team, discuss strategy in smaller groups, and then share with each other. The rest of our meeting was spent talking among ourselves about strategies and possible mechanisms. We have created documents for team members to put down ideas about both strategy and mechanisms as well.

team members go over game rules

Going into our second meeting tomorrow, we plan to separate our team into two groups- strategy and prototyping. We hope that this weekend will give our team a nice kick start into the season.

We can’t wait to see what lies ahead in the next few months!

Ryleigh Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics