Our ninth annual build season has kicked off! Team 4909 started off the week together as a team going over the RAPID REACT game and making a “need/want/nice to have” chart. The developed strategy was then used as the groundwork for our robot’s preliminary design. With this structure, members then split off into groups to design this year’s subsystems: intake, shooter, and climber.
This week, the climber group analyzed the geometry and efficiency of potential designs, then chose one to work with based on the robot’s requirements. The purpose of this subsystem is to allow the robot to successfully pass through a set of rungs in the hangar (climbing structure). First, members created their own concepts for a climber that would be able to reach the highest rung. The group reviewed all the designs, created a pros and cons list, and ranked them on several criteria. Based on that, the group was able to pick and modify a design and begin developing it with CAD. Afterwards, they discussed hook actuation, or stimuli that help the robot move from rung to rung. Students also looked at various climbers from past FRC robots and learned how they work to help refine their ideas and to maximize functionality of the subsystem. Next week, the group will continue to modify their current design.
The team has been sending out weekly safety quizzes that all members must complete during build season to maintain a safe shop environment and ensure that all members are familiar with 4909 safety guidelines. Soon, these quizzes will be available for everyone to access in the safety section of our website.
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