We are team 6838 from Istanbul and we will be sharing about our design, build and fix process in this thread. We decided to build a brand new bot for Infinite Recharge which will help our rookie students learn about the design and manufacturing process more in-depth. We will hopefully be posting a general update once a week and updates worth posting in between those intervals.
So here it goes…
Let’s get the basic questions out of the way first.
Info About X-SHARC
We are currently 20 students located in Istanbul, Turkey. We are a team founded in the second half of 2017. We attended our first (off-season) event and won the event.
In 2018 we competed in Istanbul Regional and got the Rookie All-Star Award.
In 2019 we attended 2 regionals, Istanbul and Bosphorus, won the Bosphorus event and two other awards. Later in the season, we attended two off-seasons and won one of them and became the finalist in the other one.
In 2020, we competed in Istanbul and Bosphorus regional again. We were ranked 13th in Istanbul and were eliminated in quarterfinals. In Bosphorus, we were ranked 10th and became the 6th alliance’s captain. We were eliminated by Alliance 3 whose captain was 7285, a friend-team of ours, who won the event. (Congrats!)
Why are we building a new bot?
We decided to start over from the very beginning. We chose to re-strategize, re-design, and build a new robot from the ground up. There are several reasons for this decision:
Help our rookie students have the chance to be more involved in a competition-ready robot’s design and manufacturing process and learn more in-depth compared to the build season when veteran members usually try to rush things.
Build a bot that we could potentially use the major parts in the replay of Infinite Recharge.
We do not have any technical mentors and we lack machining capabilities. Therefore, we want to explore the machining possibilities around us, perhaps through our sponsors or commercial options.
What is this thread for?
We know that open alliance threads are extremely useful for inexperienced teams or any team looking for inspiration, motivation, and knowledge. We want to share what we know and learn with everyone as we build!
As a team in Turkey, we face many problems including metric unit differences with the imperial unit using products, the delayed and rare shipments of parts from the U.S., and etc. We do not know of any build blogs by any Turkish teams. So, we wanted to share the way we handle this process and share our experience with every team around the globe and especially the international teams who might face similar issues.