Today was a productive day for the team, since we split up into small but focused groups. A few members of the build team constructed the game pieces in a short amount of time. They turned out very well, and we know now that the totes make a hearty thump when they hit the floor! In addition, a couple of groups worked on prototyping alternate tote and bin grabbers. One of the ideas includes flexible plastic flaps that reach towards the tote. The other grabber group also put together the gearbox for the grabber lift. Another highlight of the day for some people was learning how to use the new mill!
Meanwhile, the programming team updated, fixed, and cleaned up the code. This included adding constants, and puzzling through image code. Another group switched out the victors on the electronics board for talons. By the end of the day, a large group of programmers also calibrated the position sensors for the totes. Although they had to attempt it a couple times, it was a rewarding experience.
Finally, our leads worked towards calculating our robot(-to-be)’s center of mass. Because using vectors and other methods did not work, they decided to use our CADed robot’s many components to calculate this essential piece of information. Overall, we had a successful day. We even had the opportunity to have lunch out on the circle, under the warm glow of the sun, as we sipped on lemonade.