January 19 & 20, 2018
Prototype week has come to an end and the groups have finished building. We’ve decided on a levitating system, building off an idea from a previous robot and using a similar concept. The lift will be an arm that starts collapsed at the base of the robot and extends upwards at an angle and can be further elevated by extending the arm outward. The arm will be able to pull itself up by hooking itself to the bar or the side of the platform and reversing the outward and upward extensions of the arm. Once the robot is officially built, a video will be provided to show this concept further.
In other news, the grabbing prototypes are complete and a design will be picked shortly. The controls team (the brains behind the functionality of the robot) has gotten an old mecanum base working and can start coding and programing aspects of the future robot using the old system.
This week, the team will be working on CADing the robot, along with building the field, practice driving, writing awards and scholarships, and various other smaller details.