We’ll be competing at the Pacific Northwest Regional and Silicon Valley Regional – maybe the Championship, as well.
It is remarkably heavy for how little there is to it. One half of our chassis is completely empty except for the frame rails themselves.
We’re 5’ tall and weighed ~115 lbs. last night. We haven’t done anything at all to lighten most of the robot to date, so losing the little bit of weight we must to pass inspection will be no trouble at all. Already, by lightening some tubing on a plasma cutter and swapping bolts for rivets, we’ve saved several pounds. The mechanism that allows the platforms to fall has been changed to a design that requires only one motor, saving another several pounds. We have also placed an order for thinner Polygal sheeting that will save nearly 5 lbs. all by itself. We’re in good shape.
We’ve built a simple arm, but there’s no weight available for its use, unfortunately. We expected this early in the season, so it’s no loss or detriment to our strategy. We’ve always sought to be one of the best lifting robots in the competition and as such, we focused our effort on making the lifts as easy to use and reliable as possible.