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2018 Build Season – Week 5

2018 Build Season – Week 5

Strategy has been working on team apparel, such as buttons and t-shirts. They were also working on the match planning excel sheet to update the game for this year. Mechanical has been working on fixing and updating the drive train and the competition bot. They have also been finishing up on the practice bot. A mechanical sub-team has been working on the new electric storage unit. It is almost complete and should be available for use at the competition in St. Louis.

The Modeling team has been creating and continuing to update parts for the competition bot. As well as prototyping on the 3D printer and making prints for mechanical for construct. Electrical was wiring the wheel units this week. They have also been assisting mechanical in the swerve drive modules. At the field we are having parts machined and powder coated for the final robot.

2018 Justin MarsCar

During the off-season, Mars/Wars has once again been dedicating time to working on a MarsCar. This year’s project is a little different from previous years because the young man we are modifying the vehicle for is a bit older than the kids we usually work with. Justin is twelve years old and in sixth grade. He does not have much mobility in his legs, but he is able to use his upper body.

Because he is older, we were able to get some input directly from Justin in regard to what he wanted the vehicle to look like and how he wanted it to perform. We needed to make sure that he could get in and out without too much hassle and that it was safe but still exciting for a twelve-year-old. We decided to use a go-kart frame for the body and use parts from an electric scooter for the brakes and throttle. Recently, we’ve been working on ensuring that the frame is compatible with the electrical parts and figuring out the details of how the vehicle will be powered.

Build Sessions – Week 2, Part 1

 Tuesday, January 13, 2015 

MTCO Communications will be publishing an article written by MARS/WARS team members in the February edition of their Connected magazine. Team 4143 began their build session on Tuesday, January 13, by meeting early to take a group picture for this article. The Mad Hatters, an FLL team sponsored by MARS/WARS, joined the team for this photo. Following the picture the team conducted an activity in which each member stated their favorite FRC. Popular teams included Wave, the Roboteers, Robot Casserole, & Bomb Squad. As the drafting of prototypes approaches its end, the modeling team spent the evening dimensioning and printing their designs to forward for production by the mechanical team. The electrical team built the light control for the robot and the programming team began to program it. In addition to this, the programming team documented the control system connections for the test swerve drive.

 

Monday, January 12, 2015 

The second week of the competitive build season is underway, and MARS/WARS continues to progress as it conducts its first regular build session of the week on Monday, January 12. Construction of prototypes continue and although none are complete with working motors and programs, team members are already able to manually experiment with parts of incomplete prototypes. The build session came to an exciting close, as the majority of the team gathered around a recycling container to test a mechanism constructed to pick it up. Work within the sub groups was similar to the previous build sessions as the team continues to advance towards the completion of prototyping.