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3729's minibot

NOV8R

By: NOV8R
New: 03-11-2011 11:51 PM
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3729's minibot

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03-12-2011 01:04 PM

PingPongPerson


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Looks great! How fast does it go?



03-12-2011 01:24 PM

Brandon Holley


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Did you have any issues with the cantilevered shafts hanging off each motor? What kind of times are you running?

Looks good!

-Brando



03-12-2011 02:22 PM

bearbot


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is this the only view we can see wats the back look like



03-12-2011 05:28 PM

NOV8R


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No issues with the cantilevered shafts. The motors are mounted on 1/16 inch Lexan which allows them to flex a little. This afternoon the minibot was climbing in 1.8 secs.



03-12-2011 05:48 PM

rcmolloy


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How much does it weigh?



03-12-2011 06:38 PM

NOV8R


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2,4 lbs



03-12-2011 07:41 PM

bearbot


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just wondering is the mount between the motors support the battery



03-12-2011 09:38 PM

Chris is me


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Did you have any issues with the cantilevered shafts hanging off each motor? What kind of times are you running?
You can get through approximately a regional on cantilevered shafts.

I would recommend supporting them fully but this will win you matches as is.



03-12-2011 09:52 PM

trilogy2826


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2826 uses cantilevered shafts similar to this made from 1/4-20 grade 2 bolts arbor pressed onto the motor shaft. We were really worried about this being an issue at fist, so we built 3 bots. Since, we have had at least 75 successful deploys with this design in practice and we just won the Wisconsin regional (thanks 111 and 2702) where we deployed successfully 12 of 16 matches and probably could go at least through St Louis with the same minibot.



03-12-2011 11:38 PM

WarehouseCrew


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What type of material is used for traction on the shafts? I've heard that the surgical tubing won't work, so curious what material (and where to get it) was used. This is a great design.



03-13-2011 12:04 AM

Chris is me


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I've heard that the surgical tubing won't work,
Try it.



03-13-2011 12:26 AM

PingPongPerson


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What are you using for switches?



03-13-2011 12:45 AM

Ankit S.


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That looks a lot like our minibot



03-13-2011 12:56 AM

NOV8R


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A few answers: The shafts are 2 inch long by 3/8 inch aluminum rod drilled with a 3/32 drill. They are then pressed on with an arbor press. The friction material is 3/8 inch OD Latex stretched on after running hot water over it for a few seconds. The white object just below the motors is a pole guide made from a 1 1/2 pvc pipe fitting. In addittion two magnets help hold the minibot to the pole. The battery is held in position between two pieces of 1/2 aluminum tubing. Inside this tubing are guide pins attached to the deployment tray. There are two on/off lamp switches and one limit switch that control the motors. The first switch turns on the motors when the bot contacts the pole. When the second switch contacts the top of the tower it shifts the motor to half power so the bot will slowly decend the pole. A limit switch on the bot's base then turns off power when it comes down the pole and makes contact with the base. Weight management of the minibot is essential. Let the bot get to heavy and you'll smoke the motors.



03-13-2011 02:07 PM

Aakash Gihwala


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How exactly are you mounting your magnets?



03-13-2011 03:20 PM

NOV8R


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Two magnets each directly opposite each other sandwitching the 1/16 inch Lexan between them. Polycarbonate glue is used to keep them in position. This puts one surface of the magnet about 1/16 inch above the surface of the pole.



03-13-2011 11:04 PM

PingPongPerson


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Are lamp switches legal? The rules say only "2 common household lightswitches"



03-13-2011 11:29 PM

The Lucas


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Are lamp switches legal? The rules say only "2 common household lightswitches"
Yes, if they are sold as a "light switch" for household use. Read Team Update 12 for the full interpretation.



03-14-2011 04:06 PM

PingPongPerson


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Are lamp switches legal?



03-14-2011 06:03 PM

NOV8R


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From TU #12

A note about “light switches” permitted on the MINIBOT:
We have previously stated in the Q&A that “light switches” are only “light switches” if they are commonly used in a wall mounting box. Rule R92-N, however, uses the language “common household light switches”; which can have a much broader interpretation. Given the discrepancy in specificity between R92 and the Q&A statements, we defer to the manual. Therefore, “light switches” permitted on the MINIBOT are not confined to those used in wall mounting boxes; anything sold as a “light switch” for household use is allowed. The Q&A answers will be revised.

Lamp switch = light switch and yes you can buy them at Home Depot with the rest of the "light switches"



03-14-2011 06:24 PM

trilogy2826


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Be careful about aluminum rod pressed onto the motor shaft unless you are using a very strong grade of aluminum. We used 6061 at first and it was a miserable failure. We ended up with 1/4-20 steel bolts as shafts and it works great.



03-14-2011 06:45 PM

PingPongPerson


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Thanks. Sorry I asked twice I didn't think it posted the first time.



03-22-2011 06:39 PM

Free Willy


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How did you attach the bolts to the motor shaft?



03-22-2011 09:27 PM

NOV8R


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By drilling a hole in the center of the bolt that is an interference fit and carefully pressing the motur shaft into it



03-28-2011 05:53 PM

Free Willy


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A few answers: The shafts are 2 inch long by 3/8 inch aluminum rod drilled with a 3/32 drill. They are then pressed on with an arbor press. The friction material is 3/8 inch OD Latex stretched on after running hot water over it for a few seconds. The white object just below the motors is a pole guide made from a 1 1/2 pvc pipe fitting. In addittion two magnets help hold the minibot to the pole. The battery is held in position between two pieces of 1/2 aluminum tubing. Inside this tubing are guide pins attached to the deployment tray. There are two on/off lamp switches and one limit switch that control the motors. The first switch turns on the motors when the bot contacts the pole. When the second switch contacts the top of the tower it shifts the motor to half power so the bot will slowly decend the pole. A limit switch on the bot's base then turns off power when it comes down the pole and makes contact with the base. Weight management of the minibot is essential. Let the bot get to heavy and you'll smoke the motors.
How do you get the switches to change the motors to half power?



03-28-2011 07:31 PM

NOV8R


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We used a light switch to hook a 4 ohm resistor in series with the motors. Since all the recent problems with switches and getting them thru inspection we're using the KoP limit switches to short the motors to decend. It's working great.



03-28-2011 07:35 PM

nighterfighter


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We used a light switch to hook a 4 ohm resistor in series with the motors.
Resistors aren't allowed on the minibot, by the way.



03-30-2011 09:43 PM

Free Willy


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Thanks for the answers!

1 last question, how do you secure the surgical tubing to the motor shaft? We were able to get it on, but it keeps sliding off. Thanks!



03-30-2011 10:42 PM

Jeffy


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Thanks for the answers!

1 last question, how do you secure the surgical tubing to the motor shaft? We were able to get it on, but it keeps sliding off. Thanks!
It will stay on if:
1. You have enough contact area (>1" has worked for me)
2. The ID of the tubing is the same, or smaller than the OD of the shaft

Chances are it will take some finger strength to get the surgical tubing on without a lubricant. Its what I have been doing for weeks.
Some teams have said they use warm water or rubbing alcohol. For whatever reason we can't get warm water in our building so I haven't been able to try it.

Now that you know, can you explain why the tubing behaves this way?



03-30-2011 10:54 PM

Chris is me


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We oversized our shafts to get the tubing to stick. A ~.275-.28 shaft for 1/4" ID surgical tubing worked great for us.



03-30-2011 11:21 PM

JLenhart


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Nice minibot! Looks like it is capable at climbing poles.

My favorite comment about ours when it was getting expected was "Where's the rest of it?"



03-31-2011 12:24 AM

LightWaves1636


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Chuck! I PMed you and nice minibot. Nice to see you're still part of a FRC team. (Testa told me what happen with 1583).



03-31-2011 01:25 AM

Free Willy


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It will stay on if:
1. You have enough contact area (>1" has worked for me)
2. The ID of the tubing is the same, or smaller than the OD of the shaft

Chances are it will take some finger strength to get the surgical tubing on without a lubricant. Its what I have been doing for weeks.
Some teams have said they use warm water or rubbing alcohol. For whatever reason we can't get warm water in our building so I haven't been able to try it.

Now that you know, can you explain why the tubing behaves this way?
Thanks Jeffy! We think the tubes were coming off because we tried testing the minibot too soon after we used the rubbing alcohol as a lubricant. Everything is working great now!



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