Day #35 – 2/6/15 – Remixes

Lab Opening Time: 1:30 PM

Today started with a brief meeting where Mr. Hoard handed out the invoices for the Ventura Regional along with the 2015 team shirt order forms.

Cynthia assembling the swerve gearboxes.
Cynthia assembling the swerve gearboxes.

After disbanding from the meeting,  the team separated into their given sub-teams and tasks. The main few tasks going on today involve wiring the robot, completing the assembly of the swerve gearboxes, and manufacturing the rest of the mechanisms and parts.

Electrical w Alexander (far)

Wiring was working on the PWMs between the RoboRIO and the victors today which involved a lot of elegant wiring work. In wiring, it is extremely easy to make spaghetti, but time consuming to make wiring anything but a pile of mismatched and thrown together wires. The way the electrical team makes things orderly is with time, patience, and a lot of Zip ties.

The robot as of 2-6-15.
The robot as of 2-6-15.

Cynthia completed the assembly of the swerve gearboxes today along with the help of a few mentors and students along the way. After they were put together, the RS-550s on the gearboxes were soldered to some twelve gauge wire and left out for the electrical team to work with. Hopefully, by tomorrow, the swerve gearboxes will be mounted, plugged in, and getting programmed.

The swerve gearbox mid-assembly.
The swerve gearbox mid-assembly.

Manufacturing today included machining the bearing blocks for the elevator and designing the autocanners.

While the main points of today were previously addressed, many things are still going on in other parts of the lab. Business is redesigning the Team Handout paper, a sheet of paper describing FIRST, the team, and it’s intentions as a team, and revising the Chairman’s essay.

Strategy team got to work on the scouting today, pulling Jack (the driver) and Alexander (the captain) aside to talk about how the scouting system should be set up, what important elements need to be addressed in scouting, and what needs to be scouted.

Lab Closing Time: 11:00 PM