My name is Justin White, I’m the drive team and design mentor for Team 342, The Burning Magnetos. We are so excited to be joining The Open Alliance this season, and I wanted to start this thread with a little info about us.
Allow me to re-introduce ourselves,
Some of the folks who have been around FRC for a while may recognize us, but we have changed a lot over the years and aren’t such a recognizable name like we may have been back in the day.
We are the second oldest team in South Carolina, started at the Bosch plant in Charleston, and at the time, serving as the single team in the entire low country. We consisted of a hodge podge of students from all the local schools, however since 2011 when we helped start some other teams, we have been made up of exclusively students from Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston.
We admittedly had a bit of a drop off in consistency around 2010, but since 2017 we have been regrowing, gaining experience as a team and steadily getting better. Part of our hope is that joining The OA will help us improve. This season, we are a relatively young team as far as student experience, although we have done our best to train in the off season.
What have we been up to?
Since the end of the 2022 season, we competed in two off-season events, SCRAP and SCRIW.
We invested in some MK4 swerve modules to mess around with so we can be prepared to use them in the future.
We picked up a Shapeoko CNC router from Carbide 3D and have been experimenting with it. I think we have worked out all the kinks on the side of both the users and the machine. we have been making a tubing fixture for this based on the WCP fixture, but we had to make it ourselves so that it would fit the T-slots on our machine, which of course are different than that of the Omio that the WCP fixture is designed for. I plan to make a post about that on its own in the future.
We had new students put together a KOP chassis that we plan to use as a multi purpose mule, for practice driving, prototyping, and demonstrations. We intend to make mechanisms for it that are easily interchangeable so we can do all these things with minor changes.
And as many of you now know, SC has joined the PCH district, so we have been doing some preparing for that.
What do we have coming up?
This coming Saturday we are hosting a FTC Scrimmage in our school,
and we have been given the opportunity to host the official FRC kickoff for the state, at which we will host a variety of workshops.
Towards the end of the build season we intend to host two shake down days prior to the in state events, one of which just being in our shop on roughly a ⅜ field, and the other being in our schools cafeteria with as close to a full field as we can put together. hopefully this will help prepare local teams for districts, which we are told, is way more stressful on your robot than the regionals we are all used to.
Some info about what stuff we use
As far as design, we use Onshape for CAD. (we lost our cad/design mentor in 2020, and onshape was the easiest for me to teach myself that way we had a design mentor, not to mention all the frc feature scripts and MKcad and such.)
We have become fans of the REV ecosystem. We tried falcons last year, and honestly for us, found the cons outweigh the pros. we have had 0 issue with our neos and plan to stick with them for the foreseeable future. We haven’t used the max planetarys yet because we just had a bunch of the versa planetarys around but plan to switch this year. we have also invested in the thrifty elevator system, hopefully we get to use it this year.
We like to use mecanum or a wcd, (and while this thread is for feed back, you won’t change our mind on mecanum) and we have hopes to be ready to use swerve soon, but don’t expect to be ready for this season just yet.
For programming, I know we use Java, beyond that I don’t know anything about programming, lol. It’s basically one big FRC knowledge gap that I have. Here is our GIT.
For scouting, we still go old school pen and paper, and then have someone manually inputing data into a spread sheet to review later.
About this thread
Myself and our Team Captain, Jacob, will be the primary posters here from our team. we of course will do text posts as per usual, but we may do a few video posts here and there. We have a twitch that I have previously streamed on while doing our cad work. I have also posted those streams on our YouTube. Ideally I’d like to stream some of our drive practices but we’ll see how that goes.
As with any open alliance group we are open to any questions and critiques. we are obviously new to The OA and will do our best to post all the info we can think of. if we miss anything, bug us about it lol.
Social links and such
Onshape (ill edit this post and link this seasons build here when we get started, here is our 2022, its kind of a mess, it was my first time designing a robot and being a design mentor lol)
We can’t wait for this season to get started and to share it with all of you! Good luck everyone!
We will be competing this season at PCH Anderson and PCH Hartsville and hopefully at both PCH DCMP and Worlds.