Since we have revealed our 2018 robot Starstreak, we can publish pictures from our build season and practice session with FRC 5006 Apophis. Note that our practice robot we ran there only has 4 motors powering its drive train and the competition robot has 8. Practice videos are at the end of this gallery: meredith.smugmug.com/FIRST-Robotics/2018-Season/Build-Season-Private
We were visited today by the famous-for-their-parodies FRC Team 5006. They had dinner with us and watched the robot reveal. Here is their robot reveal: https://youtu.be/VNOwk83avBo and I guess ours is kinda in a bag in this shot. Their main sponsor Rcal Products has agreed to also sponsor Lights Out! So it was a very expensive dinner for Rudy...
We will be helping them rehearse their Chairman's Award presentation. Their video is great: https://youtu.be/_o46ODxbw_cyoutu.be/_o46ODxbw_c
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.