Week 3: Task Management and Prototyping


Our wheeled shooter prototype

This weekend, FRC team 4014 has been hard at work tightening up the design of their robot as they begin to model the next contender for the challenge. The team broke off into sub-teams and found individual opportunities to support one another through the beginning stages of making physical representations of the planned robot. Last week, we saw the beginnings of these new groups, as many members stepped up to take on new responsibilities.

To keep these new teams and tasks on track, our captain, Thomas Rada, revealed the task management calendar to the team. With this new method of keeping track of collective and individual work, the team can be held accountable for weekly progress, motivated by the physical manifestation of their deadline. Captain Rada stated that the team is “…becoming more of a business and has started reaching out into the community.” Therefore, we need to “keep our projects accountable.” The task management calendar will hopefully provide the team with a greater sense of unity and organization, giving us motivation to bring each aspect of the robot together. As a branch of FIRST Robotics, the Top Hat Technicians want to create an environment where we cooperate as an overall team, a team with a common goal to conquer the Stronghold.


Pneumatic shooter prototype in action

The team worked towards the completion of the robot in every area, facing new obstacles as old ones were conquered. Fleshing out some of the more complicated designs in CAD, the design team has been finding solutions to the various impediments awaiting them on the field. One of the more prominent challenges is the short yet crucial autonomous period at the beginning of each round. The programming team stepped up to the plate to find how best to use the period of time in which the robot would no longer be in manual control. Programmers are working hard to prioritize the robot’s capabilities at that point to make use of that point of independence and the parts provided. The mechanical team has been working hard to solidify the robot’s components. Prototypes of certain parts have been produced utilizing the 3D printer and laser cutter at OSML, testing of said parts commencing immediately after. With each new part the team finds better ways to pull the robot together through it’s design and use that design to our competitive advantage.

Each team has made excellent progress in a short amount of time, collectively keeping the team on track. From the development of new aspects of the robot, to the experimentation with those previously produced, the team is making sure that no time is wasted, and that they are continually moving forward.


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