Each year as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, Team 228 must build an entirely new robot from scratch. Six long weeks of designing, machining, fabricating, wiring, and programming go into the creation of our team's robots. When the robot is shipped at the end of each build season, we are hardly done. We always seek to improve our robots, to add new features, to make our drive trains faster, our arms more powerful, and our programming more extensive during the official Fix-It windows or after the competitions during the post-season.
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Learn more about GUS XI
After the 2009 FRC Kickoff Event, the team quickly decided that in order to do well in Lunacy, we would need a rock solid robot capable of picking up and scoring balls as fast as possible. After the students researched ideas and mechanisms from winning robots of the previous two years with balls (2006 Aim High, and 2004 FIRST Frenzy- Raising the Bar), several different iterations of prototype designs were tested.
Using these results, we started something that our team has never done before: design the entire robot in SolidWorks before a single part was ever made. Team alumni (and as of 2009, sophomore college student) Arthur Dutra IV served as the lead mechanical design mentor. By the end of week three, with the robot design more or less completed and RTM, fabrication of components and assembly started for both the competition and practice robots.
Two and half weeks later, the practice robot was completed on the morning of the Suffield Scrimmage to rpactice driving the robot. Two days later, the competition robot was completed. After the competition robot shipped, work started on several upgrades to increase the robot performance with a new elevator gearbox, as well as an entirely new mechanism dedicated to carrying empty cells.
Although our team has yet to compete in 2009 Lunacy Game at an official FRC competition, our team is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Connecticut Regional and FIRST Championship Event.
Speed: 8.0 ft/sec
Motors: 2x CIM Motors
Setup: 4WD Skid Steer, with 4x AndyMark "Rover" Wheels
Secondary: Bring empty cells and/or moon rocks to human player
Rate: Ball pickup from floor: 10 balls/second, Ball Shooting: 8 balls/second at max range of 6-10 feet
Loading: Moon rocks from floor or preloaded at beginning of match, empty cells from outpost human player
Capacity: Maximum hopper capacity is approximate 12-15 balls
Autonomous: SHOCK AND AWE!
Human Player: TBD
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About the Kit Of Parts
Every year immediately following the FRC Kickoff Event, every FRC team receives a standard Kit Of Parts. Contained in two totes, this single Kit contains enough motors, wheels, pneumatics, and electronics to build a basic robot. From this, teams can add additional components or raw materials, such as gears, roller chain, timing belts, aluminum, or polycarbonate (to name a few common additions) as governed by the game manual to build their final robot.