I’m pleased to present FRC team 167’s robot for the 2013 game, “Samantha”.
Drivetrain - 20" Andymark Nanotubes direct driving 8" VexPro Mecanum wheels, 4 CIMs
Shooter - 1 CIM driving a 6" Plastic traction wheel, angle is controlled by a window motor driving a lead screw
Climber - 2 3/8" thick lexan wedges for passive climbing with a small piston to stop us from swinging once on the bar
Hopper - 5 gallon bucket from Lowes
We cut it pretty close this year but still got in some time at the end of this past weekend to practice and test out our systems, I’m pretty confident we’ll be able to get out on the field early Thursday at the regional. Here are the obligatory videos:
3 Frisbee high goal autonomous mode
Practice run of loading, shooting, and hanging
4/4 Full court shooting into the middle goal
2/4 Full court shooting into the high goal
We didn’t have room to setup a full field but the practice video shows some test runs we did with a mocked up feeder station. I’m extremely happy with how our robot came out; we were scoring 40+ points in less than 2 minutes pretty easily in practice, this is only the 2nd or 3rd time in my 10 years of FRC that I’ve worked on a robot that was operating that well before build season ended. For kicks we decided to test out full court shooting about 2 hours before we bagged the robot up and found we could hit the middle goal with 90%+ accuracy and the high goal with about 60% accuracy. I don’t think we’ll ever park and shoot from the feeder station as a strategy since our feeder is not placed to do so without moving, but it provides us with some extra options for strategy.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Milwaukee regional this year, should be a very tough competition!