Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day 1 of Week 5: Day 24

Today, in the machine room, we worked mainly on making various parts for the final robot.  These include mounting transmissions, building the ball thrower, and, of course, finishing building the chassis.  We've also been finalizing the prototypes, making sure everything works right before we put it on the robot.

The programming team worked on creating a number of programs, including one for the launcher.  They also tested a few things to make sure that the program is working right.  One member of the team and a mentor also worked on building the driver's station.

Matthew Shaffer                                                
Mechanical/CAD Team

Friday, February 3, 2012


Well, here we are. It's the end of the fourth week of build season already. Things are really starting to pick up around here as we're kicking things into high gear. Every one is helping out wherever they can, in the mechanical room or over in the computer lab and electronic room.

We have made some choices, and so far we have a good idea of what our final robot is going to look like. We are going to have a smaller chassis to enable us to fit on to the teeter-totters. The ball pick up/lift system is mostly made out of drive bands. The section at the bottom will spin to bring the balls to the back of the robot, where the ball will hit a roller that will start to bring the ball to the top. At the top of the robot is a four wheeled shooting mechanism. To get the ball up into this mechanism, we are going to use pneumatics.

We still have a lot to do, at least now we know what we need to work on.

Jessica Bennett

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Week 4: Day 22/23 (Feb. 1st/2nd)

Today the team was working on many different jobs. Tyler and I were working on making the second pick up system for the robot. We had to first cut the length so all of the pieces matched. Then we had to tap threads into the end so we could put bolts in the end to attach it to the frame. The process toke about 10 minutes for each piece.

Douglas Cassel 
Mechanical Team 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Week 4:Day 21

Today Mike, Jeremiah, and Matthew Plamowski worked to remount the ball lifter and to mount the pneumatics and motors for the chassis. Matthew Shaffer was working on putting together a gear box. Hannah and I made mounts for the turret. Tyler, Jeremy, and Zach were all making wheels for the launcher. And Jessica made CAKE!
Mechanical Team

Monday, January 30, 2012

Week 4:Day 21

Not a lot of team members showed up today. But non the less, a lot of work got done.

In the mechanical room: Nathan and I worked on parts for the wheels of the launcher. Dakotah and Michel welded parts for the turret and launcher system. Mike and Matthew worked on the transmissions for the robot, and on shortening the ball picker upper. Gary also helped with the ball picker upper, as well as a gimble for the turret.

In the programing room:
Paul and Andrew got a line sensor working.

Anna and Jessica started working on a hydraulic system for the robot.

Jeremiah Bennett
Mechanical Team.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week 4: Day 20

A lot happened today at Morrison-Mock. The biggest news is that FIRST team 1720 is now out of the prototyping stage. We have decided to use the baseball pitcher style launching mechanism and the spinning flapper pick up system.

Now that we have chosen our to systems, we can begin constructing them.

Michael Mckean
Mechanical Team