We would like to thank everyone for a great robotics season. We had a great time competing at the Los Angeles Regional, the Las Vegas Regional, and on the Galileo field at the Championships in St Louis.
Since our entire team is exclusively seniors, our one shot at FIRST was not only extremely enjoyable, but educational as well.
Before we disassembled our practice field we made a short video that demonstrates some of the capabilities of our robot, as well as a short video that contains some highlights from our season. This uncut video includes a swerve drive slalom, a close up video from the perspective of a wheel module, a shot demonstration, and a series of catches from our human player.
We hope you enjoy the videos and thank you for making it an awesome season.
It was great competing with/against you at the championship again this year. The two trips we’ve made to St. Louis we’ve been privileged to compete in the same divisions as you. Hopefully that will continue next season.
I heard a rumour that 1717 cut all their own gears to save time or money. If so, are they still standard sizes and tooth counts, or is everything freeformed? What I mean is, did you have to make your own, or could you have just acquired them (without changing your CAD model). Did your team also design and fabricate your own pulleys? Sorry for all the questions… your drive train reminds me of this.
I spoke with a member of your team in the airport after champs who was very worried about your teams future. He mentioned that you were loosing Amir and another key mentor due to the growth of the Dos Pueblos engineering program into other areas. He hinted that we may not see a swerve drive from 1717 next year and he had a very bleek prediction of 1717’s success in the future.
I have not heard/seen anything similar before or since this conversation. 1717 inspires me every year since we faced each other in the semifinals of Galileo in 2008 and was one of my favorite teams to work with during qualification matches at champs this year.
Nobody should panic yet. The future of 1717’s FRC program is in capable hands. The kids every year on 1717 are some of the hardest working in FIRST. They have a motivated core of mentors beyond their team leaders. It’s a mistake to count them out any year and nobody should count them out now.
Looking at the 2012 uncut thread, it looked like you guys were dissatisfied with the performance of the gyro with the drifting and whatnot.
How did you improve upon this system since then, if you’ve managed to do so?