After the kickoff at Grand Valley State University, we met as a team to discuss strategy and key requirements for our robot. Some key points:
- We wanted to have a functional basketball-shooter, rather than play defense.
- Our primary method of crossing the court would be running the bump, rather than using the bridges.
- We wanted a wide robot, rather than a long one, so we could potentially fit three to a bridge for maximum points.
- We wanted to be able to balance the bridge, using a device that would help balance the robot as well as feed balls.
The resulting robot, which I am tentatively naming Nado II, is functional and nearing completion!
We split into sub-teams, who worked on different parts of the robot. The main teams were for the chassis, loader, shooter, and bridge-tipper. All of the teams made CAD drawings and built simple prototypes out of wood before work on the final robot began.
The wooden chassis model, with the six-wheel design we chose.
Building the launcher prototype.
More assembly of the robot prototype.
Once the prototypes were finalized, work on the robot proper could begin.
Assembling the metal chassis.
The early frame, completed.
Assembling the wires and motors before final assembly.
Bumpers are robot parts, too!
Soon, we were able to begin assembling the various parts.
Working to assemble the final robot.
The “firing tower” added to the base.
Adding wires and motors to the completed frame.
Wire work continues.
So many wires, so little time.
A close-up of our diligent electrical workers.
Meanwhile in the shop…
Assembling the launcher mechanism.
We need bumpers, too!
And paperwork! All-important for the prospective engineer.
Sometimes, one must work under the robot…
Meanwhile, back at bumper H.Q…
Working on the attached firing tower.
This is what it should look like very soon. Some assembly required.
And here, in full “ready” mode!
Mr. Mannaberg seems to ponder the meaning of the robot.