Robotics Team Finalizes Design
Week Three of the 2018 FRC game, FIRST POWER UP, has consisted of finalizing designs and machining mechanisms for the robot. San Marino High School’s Titanium Robotics has succeeded in creating the robot’s climber; it can grasp onto a seven-foot tall rung while carrying 120 pounds. The team is currently manufacturing parts for the Power Cube intake and is on course to finish it early on in Week Four. Additionally, engineering drawings of the the Power Cube manipulator are being printed, ready to be constructed. “While our building is just beginning, our design is more comprehensive than previous years to such a degree that I’m confident we’ll be well ahead of prior years,” sums up Engineering Vice President Kobe Oh.
Programmers on the team were busy fixing the autonomous pathing of the robot. In the first thirty seconds of a FIRST Robotics Competition match, robots function independently, without drivers, to complete certain tasks. This year, robots can travel a certain distance or place Power Cubes on a scale to earn points. In order to navigate accurately, coders worked on making the wheels on the left and right side of the robot move in unison using encoder values.
The construction of the robot was only one of the jobs Titanium Robotics did last week. A small group of members worked with Mr. Barton, the chief advisor of the team, to create the field elements of the game. This allows for the team to be able to practice this year’s FRC challenge with the robot. The business division in Titanium Robotics updated the website, and now, if you go to TitianiumRobotics.com, you can view their blogs and press releases. They have also received a sponsorship from Mr. Houston which will aid in the funding to build robots. If you are also interested in helping, visit the “Donate” tab on the Titanium Robotics website, TitaniumRobotics.com.
The robotics team’s plan for the rest of the build season is to machine and assemble one robot as quickly as possible. In doing so, they will be able to test the robot, look for flaws, and strategize for the upcoming competition season. Then, the team will build their finalized bot that will contend in matches in March. “Progress has been going smoothly. The future looks promising for us this year,” concludes Business Vice President Joshua Duncan.
To celebrate the hard work that has gone into creating the robot thus far, Titanium Robotics is holding a barbecue at 3:30 pm on Friday, February 2nd. Held in room 308 at San Marino High School, it is a great opportunity to get some free food while seeing how far the team has come since day one!
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