We finished attaching the gearboxes and assembling both the first and second :
We continued to work on the ball-shooter prototype, which will now be used by Systems Integration in order to design the ball shooter on Solidworks.
Now, we did work on this during week 2. However, we continued to work on it during week 3 and began testing multiple variables such as allowing the ball to enter if off center. However, we found that this was an extremely successful prototype. It worked 100% of the time. On the official robot, we hope for System Integration to design it with room for the movement of lexan/bars that wil allow us to test the ball being held in the robot.
We also learned that it is crucial to have two motors in order for it to shoot well. However, the speed needs to be turned down from what it currently is.
We decided on the most recent of the hatch prototypes. We are sticking with it, and Systems Integration will now design it.
We have essentially decided that we will have our robot climb and will use the Robot in 3 Days design. Our prototype worked fairly well. However, we are concerned because the pistons are on a slant. This could lead to the eventual ware down of the pistons.
While this seems like a difficult prototype, we kept it simple by cutting the ends of a 2x1 in half, so that one side is exposed. We then used the mill to make a hole in which the piston and nut are attached. We then attached this to the top of the sensor bot with clamps
MTR has also made considerable progress. We began to majorly branch out with the types of students on our team. While we often want the students who have engineering minds, we often forget that it is crucial to encourage those such as photographers, passionate social justice advocates, writers, and film students in order to better advertise our "brand," contact sponsors, etc.
We are also beginning to devise a camp for students interested in coding and programming. However, in order to create the best possible curriculum, we are being paired with a local charity that is mentoring us through the process