Immediately after Kickoff, our team got to work on creating a general design for this season’s robot. After much discussion, we finally decided on an elevator design connected to a virtual 4-bar lift. These bars would be attached from the elevator to a compliance wheel intake, allowing it to open and close via pneumatics. This would allow it to pivot almost a full 360 degrees. The entire design would be mounted onto a swerve chassis, as this style of chassis would be extremely beneficial for drivers to accurately pick up and place game pieces.
Throughout this month, Utsav created a CAD of the swerve and elevator design, and the pieces required to assemble the design were cut using our in-shop CNC machine. Together, our mechanical team works hard; everyone is important in the building process. Some members were assigned to build the robot’s bumpers, cut metal for both our practice bot and the final bot, or were tasked with designing. Finally, we completed the swerve chassis, indicating that it was time to move onto mechanism assembly.