Three Weeks Until Competition Progress Update

Hello! It’s the week after bag day, and we are well into building our second robot.

The Design subteam has been working with Mechanical to resolve imperfections that have been found while building the second robot. These solutions have to be lightweight and easy to install, due to the shortened time period that we will have to fix things at the tournament. The Mechanical subteam has been building the second robot which will be used for practicing by the drive team.  They have assembled the lift and gear manipulator for the second robot and they have mounted the gear manipulator. Once they finish the rest of the structure, they will hand the robot off to the Controls subteam. In the meantime, Controls has been preparing for the upcoming competition season by repairing the second control board and by organizing their new tool cart. Programming has been working on the autonomous code, specifically planning out and implementing sequences. They also prepared our swerve drive for one of the demonstrations that we did. In addition to this, they have begun programing the vision to identify the targets on the airship. Scoutagy has continued to develop their analysis tools for the scouting database. Chairman’s has been working on the Judges’ packet and Spec Sheet, both of which will be given out at our competitions to judges and visitors. Media has been helping Chairman’s with some basic data gathering and proofreading. They have also been writing these posts and tweeting.

But it hasn’t been only robotic progress that we’ve been making. On Saturday, we picked a name for our robot. Following in the team tradition of naming our robots after Greek and Roman gods, we have chosen the name Aergia. We chose this name because she is the daughter of Æther and Gaia, both of which have been successful robots for our team in previous years, with Æther helping us win the 2013 Lake Superior Regional and Gaia helping us win the 2015 Wisconsin and Midwest Regionals.

Before we sign off today, CORE would like to thank the good people at Power/Mation, who tonight gave us a donation so that we can continue to build robots and travel to competitions. We would also like to thank another sponsor, MSOE, who sent a representative to talk to us about how our futures as engineers could be helped by attending MSOE.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Bag Day… It’s Kind of a Big Deal

Happy Bag Day! We have 4 hours left until we have to bag the robot, and we are still working hard. We have met every day since the last update, but tomorrow we will not be meeting as we all need sleep. As of 7:00 PM CST today, here’s what we have done:

  • Design has finished all of the robot designs. Throughout the week, they have been working with Mechanical to troubleshoot problems on the robot and find solutions.
  • Mechanical has finished the first robot. They have installed the gear manipulator and helped Controls mount the control board. They have also started the intake, climber, and lift mechanisms on the second (practice) robot.
  • Controls has finished the pneumatics system for the robot. Working with Mechanical, they mounted the control boards and guards to the robot.
  • Programming has been working with Controls to fix any bugs that were on the drive system. They have also been updating their code library.
  • Safety has been preparing plans in case of emergencies. These plans include contingencies for lockdowns, lockouts, fire drills, and tornado drills.
  • Chairman’s has been preparing for the competition and their Chairman’s presentation.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making more changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has released the first edition of their program, which they have begun bug testing.

We will bag the robot before 10:59 PM CST tonight, as we are required to. We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Week Six Progress Update

Happy Valentines Day! We have 182 hours left until we have to bag the robot, and we are still working hard. We have met every day since the last update, and we plan to continue meeting every day until we have to stop. As of 9:05 PM CST today, here’s what we have done:

  • Design has finished the lift, the trapdoor, and the gear manipulator. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the gear manipulator. 
  • Mechanical has done a lot in the past week. They manufactured the parts for, assembled, and tested the lift and intake and made small tweaks to the overall assembly. They are currently working on the final parts, which design has given to them. Once these parts have been finished, the robot will be structurally complete.
  • Controls has planned and almost completed the control board. They will install it onto the robot as soon as it is structurally complete.
  • Programming has been working on the code for the autonomous period. They have also been making small tweaks to the teleoperated code.
  • Drive Team has been testing our drivers on the rules of the game to make sure that we will be well prepared for the coming competition season.
  • Safety gave a presentation this Saturday on traffic light behavior.
  • Chairman’s has finished and sent in the Chairman’s and Woodie Flowers award submissions. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the Entrepreneurship award.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making more changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has been working on the scouting dashboard and have begun development of the user side of the application.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Week Five Progress Update

Hello! We are down to exactly two weeks until stop build day, so we are going full steam ahead (no pun intended). In addition to our regular Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday meetings, the Design, Mechanical and Programming subteams were here from 5-9 PM last Friday and yesterday working hard to finish building the rope climber and gear boxes. As of 5:00 PM today, here’s what’s finished:

  • Design has finished the intake, climber and associated assembly drawings. They are currently working on the lift and gear manipulator.
  • Mechanical has finished the second (practice) drivetrain. They are currently working on the final assembly of the intake and the climber for the competition robot.
  • Controls has finished the troubleshooting for the protoboard, which is now working. They have started planning the actual control board and salvaging old parts to make it.
  • Programming has finished the code for the teleoperated period. They have now started the code for the autonomous period.
  • Drive Team has been testing our drivers on the rules of the game to make sure that we will be well prepared for the coming competition season.
  • Safety gave a presentation this Saturday on Mind’s Eye.
  • Chairman’s has been working on the Chairman’s essay and our Woodie Flowers submission.
  • Field has finished the gear set board and made the airship safe to stand on. They are currently working on the gear lift.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has been working on our ranking system that will rank teams at competitions based on the statistics that we will have gathered.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

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