Defining Manipulator Criteria

The team took Saturday afternoon to organize their criteria for their manipulator ideas. Using their Requirements and Objectives List they created in the morning the team designed the following criteria to keep in mind for their various manipulators:

Ball Intake

    • Fits on drive base
    • Active control of game piece
    • Passes inspection
    • Avoids jamming issues
    • Line of Sight of Driver
    • Through Robot design
    • Robust (* no measurement)
    • Work with Ejector (integrate)

Ejector System

    • Fit in the Drive Base
    • Through Robot design
    • Work with Intake (integrate)
    • Robust (*no measurement)
    • Control how far and how high the ball goes
    • Adjust trajectory and velocity of the ball (Wide Variety)
    • Has to pass and eject the ball from various spots on the field

 With this criteria in mind (printed of on a sheet in front of them) the students starting working on a “Fork Lift” and “Roller Stick” for the ball intake systems and a “Ball Puncher” and “Motor Driven Catapult” for ejector systems.

Students Testing their Catapult Prototype

Students Testing their Catapult Prototype

 

Student with their Puncher Prototype

Student with their Puncher Prototype

The students were also started assembling their AM14U Chassis. The team decided to make a long, six-wheel drive base with a speed of 8ft/second, powered by 4 CIM motors.

Putting together the AM14U Wide Chassis

Putting together the AM14U Wide Chassis

It looks like the team is in pretty good shape moving into Week 2!

~CyberCards

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About FRC1529

FIRST Robotics Team based out of Southport High School in Indianapolis, IN
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