Block Party

After five days of juggling schoolwork, FRC and FTC, we present all of you with our finished robot: Fluttershy! There was blood, there was sweat and there were tears but we made it in time!  Utilizing four years of FTC experience, combined with all of our skills from FRC, we have completed our best robot […]

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As day four draws to a close, we find ourselves with an almost completed Fluttershy (pictured above).  Between FRC and judging practice today, we installed the drivetrain, the arm and completed fabrication of the block box magazine for the Guardian Manipulator System. Unfortunately, our coach has forced me to retire for the evening; something to […]

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So, technically it’s Day 4 but…I like to think of 1AM as a sort of grey area, so let’s all agree to call it Day 3!  Anyway… After some troubleshooting with a MIG welder and then switching to a TIG welder (1/16″ aluminum is extremely hard to weld), we finished the entire frame (approximately 45 […]

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It’s early afternoon on Day 3, and we need to get our manipulator system designed and built by the end of today!  Using various professional techniques like rolling dice and flipping coins comparing pros/cons and factoring overall time to build, we have narrowed down our manipulator system to two primary choices, outlined below. The Guardian […]

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Ri5D Day 2 has come to a close!  Today we… Finalized the frame and arm design, as well as the overall profile of the block manipulator system. Finished all of the machining for our frame and arm parts (pictured above). Secured welding from our FRC team for tomorrow. It looks like we’re on target for […]

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Ri5D Day 1 has almost come to a close!  Looking back on today, we… Started out the day with lots of CAD and brainstorming, culminating in a mostly complete overall design. Placed an order with TETRIX-Pitsco for all of the key robot components (gears, axles, etc.)…after looking at the price tag, we’re very thankful to […]

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  What’s the first step when creating an amazing robot? Well, CAD of course!  Read on for the how, the why and the when.

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