Off-season projects

What is your team planning to do for an off-season project?

Mine is going to attempt swerve drive for the first time since 2017.

Trying out new mechanisms on our current robot–I’ve heard that after IRI we might try out a faster climber, possibly even windmill.

Aside from that, we’re also planning to mechanically “fix up” old robots, and eventually re-control them until they have all the functionality that they did at competitions. Some we even plan to use as demos (to aid with recruiting people)!

Oh, and I’m also working on a complete manual for all things controls, from the basic stuff to advanced controls. And a team library!

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We are trying swerve since the first time since I think 2006. Needless to say that didn’t go well :joy:. But we are all excited for this. Plus an elevator, t shirt cannon, and a whole lot of other things that everyone wants to do

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Training new students–we didn’t have much of an offseason training program the last couple of seasons, so we’re going to train train train.

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The kid’s are doing “Return of the Summer of Swerve II”… Hopefully they’ll get it driving properly this time. All the mechanicals are sorted.

I’m going to build up a 10 station “state of charge” panel to go with our new charger, and see if I can turn $50 of fleabay Makita riverter carcasses into a functioning one.

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We are also planning on working on extensive training. Our programming and CAD subteams have a somewhat established process, but we’re working on building that up for our other subteams as well, so our newer members can be ready for our off-season events (SCRIW & SCRAP).

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Including advantage kit to

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Sounds interesting. Tell us more.

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The charger has fused SAE connectors on it, so I’m going to fork that with a sack of SAE Y junctions, and hook in 10 state of charge indicators from Fleabay. Cheap… I’m hoping that will let the kids quickly pick which battery Is worth Beaking! Our charging infrastructure has been terrible; the 10 bank is a MAJOR step up, and I’m hoping to turn that up to 11 :wink:
Once I have more details I see about posting it.

10pcs External Mounted LCD Lead-Acid Lithium Battery Capacity Indicator Tester, $44.10

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My team is also working on a swerve drive which we have never done before, we’re are working on improving some of the mechanisms on our robot for off-season comps, and we are doing a bit of reorganisation of our lab.

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Involuntarily taking the summer off due to teacher changes and school requirements.

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We have an alliance of Pittsburgh teams (at least 9 now) that are trying to do a bunch of summer activities for fun and for learning, both virtual and in-person. Like learning swerve drive, some competitions with our bots, learning programming, etc. Today is the second part in a two-part CAD training. Lots going on over here!

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I just started working with a post-rookie team (started in 2021). They had built an Everybot for the 2022 season.

The team is working this summer and fall is to learn to design and build an actuated, non-rigid intake mechanism, a ball indexing system and a simple shooter. The goals are to be able to pick up the ball in a variety of conditions and orientations relative to the field and to get the ball into the target consistently under realistic dynamic playing conditions. They are studying some of the writeups from teams such as Spectrum and are aiming to apply some of the things they learned from talking to teams at Houston Champs a few months ago. It is understood that it may take several off-seasons to get the designs refined sufficiently.

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