The 2020 Build Season is officially in full swing! TKO began by making significant design decisions. The following design strategy won the popular vote during Kickoff. We wanted to prioritize completing important tasks effectively and efficiently:
We decided on a low robot with mechanisms to manipulate the power balls and color wheel. Our focus will be on the high goal and fast scoring. Additionally, the robot will be able to hang climb.
Chassis completed design reviews. Parts have been ordered and the schedule for fabrication and assembly is being worked out. They are manufacturing parts with the help of sponsor LUX Manufacturing. The CAD is complete!
The following 3 mechanisms make up our subsystems: Color Wheel, Shooter, and Climb. The Color Wheel group finalized the mechanism concept and prototyped on an old chassis. They completed the basis of the CAD and are making fixes from mentor and team feedback. They are finalizing dimensions and working on the CAD. Climb prototyped concepts on an old chassis and completed the CAD. Field Elements is working on the climb hab and other field elements.
Electronics delegated members to each mechanism for vertical integration. They are testing e-plates and working with Programming on test fixtures.
Programming updated FRC software and hardware to the 2020 system. Preliminary code, requirements, and test plans are complete, and they are testing code for the vision system and a slider mechanism.
Public Relations completed the 2020 competition t-shirt and button designs and assembled the mascot costume for the first time. They are now working on creating headbands for spirit wear.
Outreach helped to construct two VEX robots for a Sacred Heart Nativity School volunteer session next week.
As we reach the end of Week 1, the robot is almost out of the design stage and we’ll be moving into fabrication. TKO has had a hugely productive start to the 2020 Build Season!