Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 15: After the Challenge

Unfortunately, we did not do as well as we hoped we would on this challenge, but do not worry because we will make up for it later. Also, the rest of the week, we will continue working on GMetrix in preparation for our midterm exam. Some of us will be certified in AutoCAD, Inventor, or Revit. Good luck everyone!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Week 14: Challenge #3 is here

Challenge #3 is finally here. Prior to that, we changed our robot back to it original design because we think that it will work much better. The grading is much different on this challenge... each group grades determines the class average grade to determine our grade. Everything is good and we are ready to go! (Attached is a picture of what the arena looks like for this challenge and what our robot looks like.)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 14: Changes

This week we have decided to make a few adjustments to our robot. We re-positioned where the arm connects to the gears so that we could have more height over the fence. We also changed the end effector from the stand-offs to the claw that is pictured below. Our goal this week is to complete the challenge on time, while also receiving a decent score.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Week 13: The Real Deal

This week our challenge is to complete the event with the real rules used in competitions. We have fifteen seconds to get as many cubes and stars over in autonomous, and 1 minute and 45 seconds to using the controller. For each star in the near zone, we will get one point. For each star scored in the far zone, we will receive two points. A cube is worth two points in the near zone, and in the far zone, it is worth four points. A low-hanging robot is worth four points and a high-hanging robot is worth twelve points. At the end of autonomous, the scorer with the most points will receive the points earned, as well as four points.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Week 12: SolidWorks

We have not made any upgrades to the model of our robot and remains with the same design and function.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 12: Challenge Week

The challenge is this Wednesday and we are ready! As a reminder, we have two minutes to complete this challenge and have to throw stars over to the other side. The stars hanging on the rail are worth 5 points each; there are 10 stars on the rail. The orange cubes are worth 10 points each and hanging the robot is worth 20 or 40 points. Attached is a copy of what the challenge entails and what the arena looks like for the challenge.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Week 11: Practice Part 2

This week we continued to practice the challenge. We did not do much this week as there was no school Tuesday and Friday. Instead, we continued working on AutoCAD and Inventor to prepare for the midterm.We cleaned out our toolbox so we would not have any additional and unnecessary parts.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 11: Practice

This week we began practicing for the second challenge. We have two minutes to complete this challenge which will definitely help make it easier to complete. Our goal this week is to complete one official to at least have a base grade before the challenge actually starts.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Week 10: Improvements

This week we continued to prepare for our upcoming challenge. We decided to update the arm by making it more stable. Also, we added standoffs to the end effector to make it look more professional and to better pick up the stars.