Saturday, February 16, 2019

Day 33: A name

Today our work on the robot continued. We attached multiple subsystems to each other and the robot, although there is still some wiring that needs to be done.

We also named our robot! In keeping with tradition, this year’s robot is named after a bird and female (our robots alternate genders every year). As another hint, our 2019 robot is named after a real (and relatively common) bird this year, not a mythical creature like Griffin.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Day 32: Advanced Fabrication Techniques

Today we continued assembling parts of our robot. Several key parts of certain subsystems are coming together, and the creation before us is starting to resemble our competition robot more and more thanks to advanced fabrication techniques such using a CNC mill to make parts, using a waterjet to make parts, and using snow to cool hot metal parts down.
While there are certainly some things we would change if we could start build season all over again, this year’s robot has many features that we as a team can collectively be proud of. Because of time, it has become clear to us that a robot reveal video is not a guarantee this year, but we are certain to post pictures of the robot on this blog and on the website. I personally cannot wait to reveal our robot, and I am sure that the rest of the team feels the same way as well.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Days 26-31: Building in a garage

Because of the large quantities of snow we received over the weekend, there was no school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as well. This meant that we spent many long hours working in a garage with the supplies we brought from Sammamish.
On the first day, we were able to get our drivebase running, albeit with a…suboptimal electronics board. At the end of the meeting, we took off the electronics board and resumed building.
The days that followed were a mix of CAD, building with the parts we had, picking up manufactured parts from our sponsor Intellectual Ventures, and building again. We also spent a considerable amount of time enjoying the snow with sleds, a homemade luge, and an igloo made of blocks molded with Kit of Parts totes.
As the meetings progressed, we began to see our robot come together, discrete metal parts merging into a unified whole. Over the course of these 5 days, we’ve seen our creation transform from a few scattered parts to a truly impressive machine. We hope to finish the building process within the next two days, in time to film a robot reveal video.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Day 25: Assembly

Today we continued to assemble parts of our robot! Our drivebase is completely assembled (minus bumpers and an electronics board) and we were able to spray paint part of our robot, making it look much nicer.
With the threat of an incoming snowstorm approaching, we have taken certain precautions, knowing that we will be unable to access the building until Monday. These precautions include taking many parts to various locations, uploading important CAD files, and the like. In the coming meetings, we hope to add an electronics board to the assembled drivebase and make as much progress as possible despite the snow.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Day 24: 12

Today we continued to work on building our robot. Although the snow delayed us by two days, we did receive a shipment of wheels that we desperately needed to put our drivebase together. We currently have all the wheels and the drivebase frame put together but need to adjust a few things and add the gearboxes and electronics.
We did not have school this past Monday and Tuesday due to snow. This did not, however, prevent some team members from working on (snow) robots: