3512 is currently having issues with meetings due to a flash flood warning here in our home town. Unfortunately we arent able to meet today and finish up our kickoff schedule and if we have to cancel tomorrow as well, we will have to do an over zoom meeting to finish up our plans. The rain is expected to last through at most the rest of the week, but we hope that we can get back as soon as its safe to meet at our build shop.
Ill continue with the rest of the Open alliance members on adding to our kickoff recap since we have extra time to get it out, but hopefully post an update on what we plan to protoype and build.
Thank you all for your patience, and hope to see you all soon.
After an unlucky start in week 1 due to flash floods, 3512 is back in business for the 2023 kickoff and for a new season to begin.
After the kickoff stream our team went into analysis of all aspects of the game, whether that be rules, restrictions, field analysis, match strategies and mechanism brainstorming.
To effectively organize everything into a condensed, yet neat and concise format, we took inspiration from 3847 spectrum and made a PowerPoint presentation to show off everything we are working on week by week.
Our schedule for the rest of week 1 is to start prototyping and gather information. So far we have been following ri3d redux for some early ideas, Open Alliance as well has some really good information on things to protoype as well.
Simple and effective design
Powder coating aluminum
Robust frame and subsystems
Rank high at our regionals, and or win
Work hard on all awards (entrepreneurship, engineering, autonomous, impact, deans list, WF, GP, etc)
CAD will start after this Saturday on making our early robot design, we try to get everyone involved with prototyping to have a wide understanding of what we are going to build.
We had an idea that to improve the grip on the cones we could add squish wheels but only in the center where the cones are vectored to. This proved to be the best of both worlds and we are very happy with the performance of this configuration.
We think VIWs + some sort of grippy wheels in the center for the cone intake shafts is the best configuration of the pincher intake. It centers the cones without sacrificing grip and none of these changes had much impact on the cube.
Looking great! Could you guys record a video of having the cone on the ground and having the prototype approach the cone not centered and more on the vectored wheels? I’m worried about initial pick up with the hard plastic like surface of the VIW rollers.
This week we worked on Autonomous, Robot design selection, and our last prototype! Going into week 3 we will be posting more frequently and including posts about award progresses. After this post is up, we will be posting about our finalized digital animation application, so stay tuned.
Alongside our robot progresses, we will be posting on our award progresses as well, this is including Impact, entrepreneurship, and a few others!
To start us off, lets talk about our Digital Animation Submission!
Our members that worked on this spent a lot of time and effort into making this as quality of a project as possible, they had 3 weeks to learn how to animate in blender with no prior knowledge and knocked it out of the ballpark with this one.
Amazing job to our Digital Animation team!
Same here. It’s running on one of our cameras from last year, using the Pi Camera V1 and a Pi 3. Our electrical mentor is planning on building 4ish(?) new cameras using the Pi 4 and the Pi Camera V1. It will be interesting to see if the performance carries over or not. It most likely will since I know Pi 4s have the GPU acceleration now (wasn’t the case in 2022, which is why we opted for the Pi 3 then).
That being said not all teams use SolidWorks, so I will commit to twice weekly CAD releases on every Sunday and Wednesday where I will post a STEP file of our main robot assembly to be accompanied by a CD post. I will title each release with the current day’s date as shown below: