Today was the first school day of build season! Half of our team split off to work on the field elements that we will need to create for the Week Zero Tournament we’re hosting. The other half started working on a more detailed plan for our robot.
The group working on the field created a list of materials that we will need to create a semi-professional field system. They also started CAD designs for the parts we’ll need.
A couple of people also broke off to work on our finances and budget, and to see what we’ll need to do to run this season. It looks like we'll need a minimum of around $8,000 to pay for our main robot, practice robot, Week Zero Tournament, our Regional Tournament (North Star, MN), and shop fees.
The final group worked as the design team for the day. We discussed the defenses of the other team, since our robot will be focused on breaching the other alliance’s defenses. Since we’re planning to go under the Low Bar and across only three of the four parts of the Cheval de Frise, that limited our chassis size considerably. The statistics for all of the defenses, as well as things worthy of notice about them were listed.
That same group also went over strategies for getting through a few of the trickier defenses such as the Portcullis, Drawbridge, Sally Port, and the Cheval de Frise. A lifting mechanism is necessary to lift the Portcullis. Both the Drawbridge and the Sally Port require the robot to pull, whereas the Cheval de Frise has a piece that needs to be pushed down.
Next, we went over what the drive train will need to get over defenses like the Rock Wall, Rough Terrain, and the Moat. In particular, the Rock Wall will be a problem if we still want our robot to fit under the Low Bar. We’ve mostly settled on having a six-wheel, drop-center drive train using 8” pneumatic wheels, which has yet to be tested and may be subject to change. Overall, it was a very successful day, and we hope to continue this trend!