Posts Tagged ‘ manufacturing

Day 38: Machining, Wiring & Pneumatics

Machining

Today, the machining team worked on the elevator second stage top and bottom caps.  The bottom caps are complete and the top caps are in progress.

Furthermore, on the lathe, we worked on various spacers and shafts.

Wiring, Pneumatics & Programming

Today, we finished (except for sensors) wiring the bases on both robots.  Our second cRio arrived and we flashed it, allowing us to run both robots simultaneously.  We plumbed the pneumatics on the base of both robots and ran a pneumatics test on the practice robot.  After fixing several leaks, the system is good to go.

Control Boards

Today, we got the control board back from the CNC routing sponsor.  The next step is assembly.

Day 35: Gearboxes, Field Trips, Bumpers and More

Today at the lab, we got our parts back from the anodize shop which allowed us to finally start assembling gearboxes.  Everything looks great and this task should be finished in the next few days.

Pressing bearings into the gears and plates.

Gearbox parts awaiting assembly.

Unmounted gearbox.

A mounted gearbox with one motor.

Mounted gearbox.

On a separate note, we had several FIRST Lego League students who came to tour the lab today.

Nagy speaking to the FLL students.

Also today, the manufacturing and assembly teams were hard at work finishing the bumper frames. We will wrap fabric on the bumper frames tomorrow to hopefully finish the bumpers.

The minibot team has just about completed the CAD model of the final minibot. The design is now due for review and manufacturing in the next few days.

Minibot climbing the tower.

Day 34: Manufacturing, Programming & Bumper Assembly

Manufacturing

Today, the manufacturing department was hard at work finishing most of the parts for the bumpers and working on the shifter dogs and minibot deployment rail end caps.  We hope to have every machined part done by Monday.

Programming

The programming team has been busy over the last few weeks perfecting teleoperated drive code.  Using a mix of linear, exponential and logarithmic functions, they have refined Onslaught’s teleoperated control.

Bumpers

The bumpers are coming together.  Today, we put all the steel nut plates onto the bumpers and cut pool noodles to length.  They should be completed tomorrow.

Day 33: Manufacturing

Today, we continued to work on manufacturing many of the primary parts for the robot.  The dog gears were started and are coming along great.  Furthermore, the bumper corner pieces are completed leaving the bumper pins as the only pieces remaining to be able to finish the bumpers.

The robot CAD as of today.

Day 32: Manufacturing

While we are waiting for parts to return from the andoize shop, we have been doing a ton of manufacturing.  Today, we finished lightening all of the robot’s gears and finished milling bumper wood.  Furthermore, we cut the steel bumper pin mount pieces and worked on shafts and spacers on the lathe.

Day 31: Wiring & Manufacturing

Wiring

Today, we continued wiring the robots.  The competition robot is coming along nicely and is nearing completion.  It should be completed in the next few days as soon as our remaining orders come in.

Nagy and Travis wiring the competition robot.

Manufacturing

Today, the CNC team was lightening gears and cutting dog teeth into the shifter gears.  On the lathe, several team members worked tag-team all day to keep the machine running constantly while making spacers and shafts.

Roshan turning spacers on the lathe.

On the mill, we were working to turn out the wood backings for the bumpers which should be completed tomorrow so that bumper assembly can proceed.  We also received the bumper fabric back from embroidery today.

Reiley and Andrew milling wooden bumper backings.

Cutting the bumper wood.

Days 29 & 30: Wiring Weekend

First of all, I apologize for not putting a post up last night.  I got home late and forgot to grab pictures off the camera before leaving and thought that a blog post without pictures might be a bit boring.

Anyway, today was our big weekend of wiring the robot.  After countless man-hours of work put in by many dedicated team members, the practice robot wiring is complete and the competition robot is half-way complete.  We are still waiting on some components to mount on the comp robot electronics board before we can finish wiring.

Laying down wires.

The practice robot's electronics board.

On Sunday, we were able to successfully test all of the speed controllers and relays on the practice robot.

Machining is coming along well too.  The gears for the gearboxes are almost done being lightened and we are sending out many parts to anodize in the morning.

The programming and controls team has been hard at work.  We have put together joysticks for the control board and have worked to put provisions into the code for the control board.

Day 27: Prototyping, Manufacturing & Design

Prototyping

Today, the prototyping group worked on their minibot design.  The minibot is coming together.  However, we have hit a setback in that one of our motors has burned out and we need a replacement.

Manufacturing

The manufacturing team was hard at work today machining a number of plates and lathes for the robot.

The robot frames were dropped off at the powder coat sponsor early this morning and should be completed tomorrow.

A team of students marked out the locations for the embroidered team numbers on the bumpers.  They will be embroidered beginning tomorrow.

Design

Today the design team worked on the design for the bumpers and the control board.  We are hoping to get the control boards cut on a CNC router but are looking for potential sponsors.

Day 26: It’s Beginning to Look like Robots

Manufacturing

Today, we received all of our parts back from the welding sponsors.  All of the welds look great and beautiful and we were able to begin assembling parts.  The frames are being brought to the powder coating sponsor early in the morning and will be powdercoated soon.

Welded drivebase.

Battery Box

Bumper Support.

Welded arm.

Assembled frame.

Full frame shot.

In other news, manufacturing and prototyping continued and we got a shipment of parts in today.  We hope to finish machining in the next week.

Day 25: Manufacturing, Prototyping, Whole-Team Meeting

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is really in full swing in N246.  We are churning out new parts every hour and the horizontal bandsaw hardly stopped cutting stock today.  We should have a productive week ahead.

Bobby on the lathe.

Prototyping

The minibot prototyping group continued to prototype their minibot design using several custom-built parts.  The prototype is not yet complete.

Soldering leads onto a motor.

Whole-Team Meeting

Today was a whole-team meeting and parent meeting at the lab.  We met to get status updates from each subgroup captain.  The meeting went awesome.

The programming team speaks to some of the parents during the parents meeting.