As a mentor and FIRST alumni, I am always looking for technical photos to learn new ways to design, create and see how other teams went about accomplishing each years new tasks. Please post up photos or links to them from the current and previous seasons.
Here is the link to my Flickr page with photos from Southfield, Kettering, Great Lakes Bay, Livonia, Troy, and MSC here in Michigan. I have photos of both my team and an up close tour of most of the bots in the pits at each event.
Way cool. I don’t have a photo, but I can describe a cool bit of our robot (which didn’t seem to get photographed by you).
Our lift rails were 72" of REV 1" extrusion: to get it into the crate, we designed a cut in the rails where we could remove the top 40 inches or so. We took a 36" 10-24 threaded rod, cut it into 10 pieces about 3 inches long each, and turned down the diameter at one end (about 2 inches long) using a file (we learned when the cutting tools snapped the 1st of the 10 pieces). We tapped the five holes in the REV extrusion on the bottom half and inserted the threaded rods. This way, the rods would stay attached to the robot base and the top half could slide on and off of the rods.
To protect the rods, we made two wooden blocks to substitute for the rest of the lift in transport (ie in a van, charter bus, crate, etc). The system held up very well (even though it only has 9 rods since we broke one). It was very nice to have an easily transported robot and to not have to panic when we qualified for St. Louis.
Before we seal our competition bot in the bag, we take photos of the construction details. We do this so the final details on the practice bot, which usually lags behind, match the competition bot as much as possible. Here are the detailed pics of Genome Eta.
Because we continuously improve the robot through competition season, a fair number of these details are different now.
Well i have a youtube channel for you! this person is amazing. Search " thang010146" in youtube and you’ll find that he has a lot of mechanical manipulators there, also i would recommend watching all the “How It’s Made” discovery channel series.
My technical photos from St. Louis are being uploaded here right now. Some are available now, there are 2,537 in total. I’ll be working on sorting and tagging them by team better in the future, but due to the unanticipated sheer size of the album, doing this fully is impractical.
The average photo quality on these is nothing special – I have little/no experience with photography, and most were taken with an old point-and-shoot. About 600 at the end of the album were taken by two of my students, and are of much better quality.
Regardless, we’re already pulling an incredible amount of information from these photos, and have made it a team objective to comprehensively cover future events we attend in a similar way, while improving our photography skills. Look for a lot more like this from 5400 in the future.