Electrical Shenanigans and Practice Mechanism Assembly

Thursday, January 31, Week 4 Sadly, we did not have practice yesterday due to the extreme cold. Though we will have practice tomorrow (Friday) to make up for it! Arm: We assembled most of the gearbox as well as the right and left sides of the superstructure assembly. We still need to tighten the motors on and bolt on... Continue Reading →

New “Brush” Hatch Panel Intake and Arm Gearbox Assembly

Tuesday, January 29, Week 4 Intake: Cut out our polycarb pieces on the shopbot! We also assembled the two "tusks", which I did not get a picture of. Our intake group also thought through the main hatch mechanism prototypes and came up with a very clever new idea. The took a piece of wood and... Continue Reading →

Climber Fabrication and Arm Assembly

Monday, January 28, Week 4 Week 4!?!?! This is where things start to get a little crazy. Arm: Fabricated the second triangle gearbox plate. They look so nice thanks to our professionals (freshman) who deburred and sanded for like 2 hours! We also spent time figuring out which lengths of #10 bolts to order. (Something... Continue Reading →

Final Intake Design Review and Arm Assembly

Saturday, January 26, Week 3 Intake Design review notes: Both prototypes had good cargo intakes. We learned Velcro is very unreliable and we will probably need a new hatch mechanism.We are not sure which hatch mechanism to go with but the current options are: arrowhead, a claw/grabber (not yet prototyped), and a piston type grabber.... Continue Reading →

Drawing Files and Intake Assembly

Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23, Week 3 Drivetrain On Tuesday, we finished up some parts for the final drivetrain. We cut out the gearbox gussets on the shopbot, and milled the siderails. A Pretty plates, pretty parts We had an issue with the shopbot undercutting our bearing holes so we spent a lot... Continue Reading →

CAD, CAD, and more CAD

Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, Week 2 Arm Working overtime to try to crank out a CAD for our arm. On Wednesday night, we had a design review for the arm. The main points we got out of it were: Should move main gearbox lower to lower our center... Continue Reading →

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