Day #29 – 1/31/15 Welding Day

Lab opening time: 9:00am

Today, the welding of the frame took place. It took Roupen and Mr. Black all afternoon to get the welding done but it looks great! The frame is now in its final stages and should be ready for powder-coating on Monday.

Look at them welds!
Look at them welds!
Batter box is securely welded.
Batter box is securely welded.
The frame fully welded.
The frame fully welded.

While work on the actual frame took place, work on the frame in CAD continued with Shay working on the elevator and Joshua and Cynthia working on the intake rollers. It was decided that it would be best to have sliding forks that could push the stacks away instead of having an ejector piston also. This is partly because it would be tough to mount the piston within the limited space on the robot and also the ejector would get in the way of the electronics. Joshua and Cynthia worked together to get the CAD that Joshua had done on the intake rollers into the master CAD of the robot. Cynthia was also able to finish the base plate for the electronics.

On the CAM side, work was done to get the base plate ready and manufactured today on the router thanks to the new coolant system put together by Mr. Hoard and Mr. Widholm. CAM also began work on the bearing mounts for the elevator. As of right now, it looks as though these parts are going to be at least five operations but are not too complicated to machine.

Mr. Hoard making the other base plate.
Mr. Hoard making the other base plate.

The prototyping team was able to test out the autocanners and make some small adjustments to make the autocanners more consistent so that there are no surprises during autonomous.

Alexander and Meet are testing the autocanner.
Alexander and Meet are testing the autocanner.

In programming today, the team tested the swerve module by mounting it to caster wheels so that they can tune the swerve and make sure that is functions properly. Daniel is also working on a text file that will keep a record of these settings.

The business team and media teams teamed up today to help accomplish tasks. Chris and Karine worked on putting up new vinyl cut out of some of our sponsors. They had to redo Walt Disney Imagineering’s sticker many times until they got Micky Mouse just right. Lauren and Nicole worked together on placing photos for the team 696 flyer.

Christ and Karine work on putting up new sponsors.
Christ and Karine work on putting up new sponsors.

With 17 days left to build, the team has made significant progress but, as always, there is more work to be done and now that the frame is done, it is now time to get serious and finish strong.

Lab closing time: 9:30pm