Alright. Here it is … in all its glory. Powered using the FIRST transmission and CIMS. Lower arm pivots using a custom gearbox and the VD motor. Upper arm moves using the FP and a nice double reduction. The upper arm extends to allow a total stretch of about 13’. At the end of the arm, is a passive claw made from fiberglass and wrapped in thin aluminum.
All thats left to do, is some final wiring of the sensors and motors, bolt the camera box on, and do some programming. Control box is almost done, and the camera code is done. There is feedback on anything that moves - Drive train has encoders on both sides. The telescoping arm has an encoder as well. The 2 arm joints have precision pots on them (little blue things at each end of the arms). Theres also a tetra holder (that the tetra is sitting on … ) which allows you to hold a tetra. A special thanks to Team 60 for the seminar they did for us and Team 973. Another thanks to team 233 for the inspiration on the telescoping arm. Hopefully tomorrow, we’ll post some pictures of it actually moving.