Tuesday, October 06, 2015

"Intercompetitional Imbroglio"

At CalGames on Friday.
Fixing broken tab.
We didn't leave CalGames as we had hoped. Though Drive Team B got much experience from the competition, we had numerous robot and drive team problems throughout the day. It was in our last qualifications match that we realized that the front right Mecanum CIM motor was not responding. After the match, we traced it to a dead Talon that had been unresponsive the entire competition. It was then that we understood why we had made 6-stacks in each match but were unable to fully move throughout the match. Along with that, 2 tabs on our hay squeeze broke, making manipulating containers and totes almost impossible if not for the use of a Dremel and pairs of safety glasses. We had no raw materials. Team 649, M-Set Fish, a team on our upcoming match's alliance, proposed the idea of adding parts of a pair of safety glasses. We tried out the idea, and with rivets and a tape, it happened to be stronger than our originally made tabs. We were able to manipulate containers and toes for the rest of the day. Drive Team B's driver didn't realize that one can't strafe and turn Heimdall at the same time, as it heavily drains the robot's battery voltage. Nevertheless, Drive Team B learned from mistakes and got experience. We end 24th out of 36th, being a 2nd pick on the 5th seeded alliance. The video is a very close attempt of a 3-tote autonomous during practice while at CalGames.

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