During the past few weeks, the software team has been busy setting up our electric control system to be used for the competition robot. In addition we have established the base framework of our code for the season, streamlining the process for development once the mechanical part of the robot is complete. As part of our base framework, we have also got some basic motion profiling working, which essentially allows us to tell a robot to follow a path consisting of multiple points on the field. Motion profiling will enable us to do our autonomous modes quicker and more repeatably, thus enabling us to be a strong competitor on the field.
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Over the past week, the team has been creating a CAD model of our robot before we begin fabrication. Using online modeling software, we can access and work on our project from anywhere at anytime, which is much more convenient than the software that we have used in years past. When we create a CAD model, we make a design that will be used as a blueprint for our robot. In order to complete this task, we have divided the team into groups. Each group, or subdivision, is responsible for designing one specific subsystem for the robot. We have successfully designed some of the subsystems like the chassis, which is the base of the robot. However, some systems are more difficult to design and require more time than others, such as the climber. Despite some unforeseen roadblocks such as the recent snowstorm, we have found ways to keep moving forward on our tasks whether we are working on it at home or organizing an online get-together.