We are celebrating getting award submissions in with this lovely cake - we are kind of mixing up our holidays. Oh, well. Happy Valentines Day everyone. We love our robot, but it doesn't seem to love us very much right now. It's mad this is cake and not cheesecake...
We got a surprise in the mail Wednesday.
Championship Woodie Flowers Award banners were not handed out when John won in 2009, so the WFAs worked with FIRST to make this happen. We could use our vinyl cutter to put his name on it.
We were back on the radio bright and early Wednesday. It's great to live in the same town as our amazing Game Announcer - at least he knows the right questions to ask!
Tonight we machined parts for wiring paths and added 8 more 3D printed parts - if you are keeping up, that is a total of 64 on the robot so far. Moved the drive train pretty far along, but broke a flex coupler on the mill - oops. At least it's a cheap part, but we have to order a replacement. Thankfully the router is still healthy.
Harley White, FRC 16 alumna and FRC 323 remote mentor, came to see us and help with our business plan and Entrepreneurship Award submission. She is planning to attend the 2018 Arkansas Rock City Regional to volunteer and help the team.
FRC 6055 and FRC 16 aluma Samantha Pierce visited from college. She will also be volunteering at the Arkansas Regional and helping the team.
Scott Ramos has a local radio talk show and has invited us to be on several times. He spent several hours with us in the shop Saturday helping prepare the students for judging. We will be on his show on Wednesday, January 31 from 7:00-7:30 am on Mountain Talk 97 at 97.1
Scott is also the "Voice of Arkansas FIRST" and will be announcing at the Arkansas Regional.
Ian doing the jobs Nick won't. Zeroing the Z axis on the CNC Router. Lots of parts being made tonight. 3D printed part update - currently there are 56 of them on the robot!
We have designed a lot of custom parts and are using the 3D printer heavily - so far there are over 2 lbs of them on the robot. The printer is a Rostock Max V2 that John put together from a kit. It is a delta printer and we are using nylon filament to make the parts. Most of them will not be visible on the robot, but we will print up spares to show. The printer is pretty loud, but Leroy doesn't seem to be bothered.
Gage is modeling with the new Rev analog pressure sensor. JT wishes he had one in 2014. Lots of complicated CAD going on today - one small part has 120 fillets and crashed Fusion. The team is using Autodesk Fusion 360 this year and seem to really like it - well until they crashed it. #cadeverything
Friday, January 19 was national popcorn day. Something else we learned from JVN's FRC team 148 build season blog.
At least we have a couple of things in common with 148 - popcorn and a Segway.