Team 4458 welcomes you from Long Island, New York!
This upcoming season Infernobotix is proud to partake in the openalliance where we will give insights on all of our team’s processes. We hope that other Long Island teams take the initiative towards making this season even better and join the openalliance too!
Our team is based in Center Moriches High School, Long Island, New York and has participated in FIRST since 2013. We have been both regional finalists (2017) and regional winners (2018), as well as the recipients of the Rookie Inspiration Award (2013), two Dean’s List Finalist Awards (2015, 2019), as well as the Entrepreneurship Award (2018).
Rebuilding in 2022-23
Due to the major impacts of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, our team came to a standstill with few activity and left newer members with limited knowledge going into 2022. Despite this, we were able to perform within our expectations at our two regional events and all of our members have used resources online, such as the openalliance and ChiefDelphi to help understand the goals of FRC and its specifics.
Until this year, our team has only used brushed CIM and 775 Redline motors with Spark PWM motor controllers, which has severely impacted the way our robots are built. Heavier weights and less efficient power usage (not to mention the spaghetti bowl of cables) has brought about too many brownouts and lost matches for us to remember. This past summer we tested a NEO motor and Spark MAX motor controller on our robot and used it at the HHH Offseason Event and it has convinced us to buy into the CAN and brushless ecosystems.
Our parts collection and tools have been an unorganized mess and we have also worked on purchasing new equipment as well as organizing components from years before. As a matter of fact, we have not gotten a new set of batteries or motors since the pandemic. This year we purchased 6 MK batteries to replace the worn down Interstate batteries from yesteryear and plan on replenishing this supply yearly.
What you can expect from us this season
- Public CAD models created in Onshape
- Public code written in C++ using the Command-Based structure
- Weekly updates throughout the build season
This year will proudly be our first year taking advantage of creating a CAD model of our robot to assist with the construction and interference issues, which is something we were unable to do in the past due to a previous mentor’s lack of knowledge and understanding on the benefits. This will be extremely helpful in the creation of our robot especially along with the help of one of our sponsors, a major steel fabrication company with many cool CNC machines.
Additionally, our lead programmer who has learned ins and outs of WPIlib is actively working on improving our C++ Command-Based structure to help make competing with our robot more effective and simpler for our drivers. Automating common driving tasks and simplifying controls is now a more focused priority going into seasons to come. Also, this year he will not be alone and will have another programmer working with him.
Onshape and Github links will be posted once available.
This concludes our first update and begins one of many more updates to forsee in the future! Best of luck to all other teams and we will be watching live with you all January 7th!
4458 Open Alliance Update 1 - 12/19/22