We will be posting as much as we can about this year’s robot and our ideas for this year’s FRC competition. Our team follows a pretty regular schedule throughout build season which I will lay out now so you can follow along if you like:
Week 1: Rules review, Sub System research, Design competition,
We start out by reviewing the rules, analyzing the game, and researching as many ways to do each thing as we can find. We do some prototyping, and build simple field elements. We then split the team into three subteams. Each subteam “assembles” a robot selecting subsystems from our research based on a particular strategy for playing the game. We then present the three different designs to our local community. This is made up of Any people from our local community, representatives from our sponsors, Navy partners, team alumni, and more. The community then decides that the team will build.
Week 2: Cadd and further prototyping. During week 2 we really try to nail down a design and get things firmly settled on the team moving forward. We look for any major conflicts that would get in the way of us fulfilling the communities design specifications, and we do some basic fabricating (drive train if we have a good enough idea what the robot needs in order to function.)
Week 3: We should be heavily into fabrication of subsystems. The goal is to have everything that goes on the robot modeled in CADD and figured out at this point. The team should be cutting out parts and the electronics and programming people should be hard at work setting things up. The drive base should definitely be done at this point unless it requires a lot of welding and custom fabricated parts, though we have been sticking with KOP drive bases for the past few years. Years where we have done custom fabricated drive bases before then we pushed to have those done by the end of week 3 anyway.
Week 4: Assembly At this point the robot and the majority of its subsystems should be functioning. During week 4 we should be putting things together and working on cleaning up wiring, plumbing pneumatics if we use them, and electronics. In prior years we have used week 4 to work on a practice bot also, but this year we won’t be making one because there is no bag day. Hopefully we can use the extra time for improving subsystems (though we have a week 2 event and half of the team is traveling to Costa Rica during the 0 week, so we won’t really be able to do very much more between build season and our first competition.
Week 5: is refining, testing, and electronics. really it comes down to making the subsystems work once the robot is put together as well as they did on their own while being hand fed for example.
Week 6: More testing and finalization. At this point we should have things pretty well buttoned up, and have found most of the major problems and be working on solutions. Hopefully we don’t completely build the wrong robot (it has happened before…) and we can just focus on drive team practice and making things look really good.
Week 6 ends with a reveal ceremony. We bring back the community, have a spaghetti dinner, and show them the robot. We also show our robot reveal video, chairman’s video, and give our sponsors an opportunity to share with the community.
Week 7 we go to Costa Rica.
Then we have our first competition shortly after we get back.
I will work to make sure we update this thread including pictures at least 2 times a week throughout build season. I will also work to have updates on how the robot performs once it is all said and done.
Let us know what you think, and if any of you put the ideas we post here to use.