Build Season

Proposed Build Season

Below is a summarization of our proposed build season for the 2012 competition. To view the information credible for a particular week, please click the ‘+’ to expand the tabs, or ‘-’ to retract them. Listed items that are colored in green were accomplished at the proposed time. Items colored in red were fulfilled, but not at the proposed time.

  • Week 1 - Conceptual Development
    • Individual students will get a worksheet with placeholders for comments, ideas, and a space for drawing.
    • The game will be introduced to everyone; rules and regulations will be discussed, (students must abide to these rules.)
    • Vote and decide on leadership positions.
    • Students may collaborate and merge their ideas to create a better robot and/or concept.
    • All student ideas will be documented and archived.
    • Show students the different teams that the can join. (Top Mech, Electronics, Pneumatics, Drive, Presentation, Programming, Design, Safety.)
    • Show students past concepts, pictures, achievements, materials available for use, and the competition environment.
    • Go over all team, class, and competition rules. Go over expectations and student behavior.
  • Week 3 - Finalize ProtoBot
    • Confirm that all mechanical, electrical, and pneumatics are wired and connected correctly and are in working condition.
    • Begin extensive programming and teach students along the way.
    • Build driver’s station. Small, simple, sleek, and lightweight.
    • Create a cart that compliments our robot and will benefit us in many ways.
    • Setup a practice field.
    • Look for wiring and component alternative placement. We aim for simplicity!
    • Begin to think about visible robot design ideas, (Industrialized, modern, sleek, secretive, transparent, etc.,) including paint ideas and color combinations.
    • Ensure that all robot components are functioning properly.
    • Choose and vote on drivers and extra players.
    • Implement new technologies onto our robot.
  • Week 5 - Practice, Practice!
    • Practice with the robot and get students familiar with the game play.
    • Practice MORE! MORE! MORE! Practice in your sleep.
    • Maintain a daily systems check to ensure that everything is still connected and running properly.
    • Create different game plans for different situations.
    • Test autonomous game plays. Aim for more than one! Assign our robot a designated autonomous and starter position.
    • Name our baby!
    • Come up with principles and ideas that our robot could do to accommodate other teams’ robot. Teamwork!
    • Auditor must check the Inspection Sheet to ensure that we will successfully pass inspection at competition in order to play.
    • Must ensure and check off that we meet all the requirements and let us know if there is any problem.
    • Create BOM and Business Plan.
    • Practice a little bit more.
  • Week 2 - Final Concept
    • Begin building a solid base.
    • Roughly build the three highest voted concepts.
    • Decide which robot compliments the competition more and has a better design.
    • Start to piece together a winning robot.
    • Decide and place components to get the robot up and running.
    • Individual Sub-teams will come up with ideas that can compliment the robot, be space efficient, and neatly organized.
    • Program robot basics to test functionality.
  • Week 4 - Final Robot
    • Tweak programming to driver preferences and specification.
    • Create all possible worst-case scenarios, in which our robot could have limited mobility, or unfunctional parts. Accommodate any change to surpass these obstacles.
    • Eliminate all safety hazards on our robot, (sharp edges and corners, pinch points, possible ware-and-tear, and electrical leads.)
    • Bumper placement and alternative designs. We need a fast changeable bumper that can switch from one color to another in a matter of seconds.
    • Eliminate any possible chance for error.
    • Robot teardown! Disassemble robot, paint parts, and then reassemble.
    • Ensure that everything is mounted, placed, and connected exactly how it was originally.
    • Create an autonomous period for our robot. (Preferably more than one.)
  • Week 6 - Last Week
    • Make sure that the robot is at its 100% best and ready to go.
    • Start packing tools and extra materials for the competition.
    • Hand out and remind students of all competition rules, requirements, and expectations.
    • Create the list of students who are eligible to go to competitions.
    • Ensure that the robot is safely bagged and tagged and ready for competition.


2012 Build Season; Follow Along!

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  • Week 1

    The team cannot believe that we are already at this point, but week one is over. The entire team can definitely affirm that this has been our most productive first week EVER. We have accomplished even more than we anticipated. The team continues to look forward to see progress throughout the season. We are off to a good start and would like to keep it up. We are really excited to see how this will all turn out. T-5 weeks left! Below is a list of some of the things we finished during the first week:

    • Narrowed down concept and decided on a solidified robot concept that we will carry out for the rest of the build season.
    • Reviewed past season’s robots and decided what concepts would work for this type of application.
    • Divided up the team into subsections in which they will work for the rest of the season.
    • Began to construct the kitbot.
    • Made a list of all of the products we need to purchase in order to make this robot a reality.
    • Explored alternatives to using pneumatics. We would like to defer from using them this year, due to added weight and space consumption.
    • Downloaded all manuals and specifications and distributed them to the team. All students are required to read the rules for the competition.
    • Made a plan for a new drivers station.
    • Cleaned the entire robotics workshop and put all of the new pieces from the kit in their correct locations.
    • Created several mockups of the concepts using wood, spare parts, and cardboard.
    • Installed of the new programs and FRC software on our computers.
  • Week 2

    Week 1, gone. Week 2, farewell. Time is of the essence and it seems to be flying by. On a good note however, the team is in good standing and we have paced ourselves accordingly in reference to our design process and proposed build season list. We still have a lot left to do, however we believe that we will have enough time to complete everything. Below is a list of some of the things we accomplisheld within week 2.

    • All of our products from AndyMark and other retailers were delivered.
    • Drive system discipline finished assemlbing the chassis. All motors were mounted wires were organized.
    • The electrical board was assembled and the Power Distribution Board is complete.
    • Concept for a practical shooter was created.
    • Several lift mechanisms were designed and tested to test for efficiency.
    • Began designing a CAD model of the robot.
    • Different wheel sizes were implemented to test for speed and friction redundance when turning.
    • Created a simplified version of the field. We made two baskets with proportionally sized backboards.
    • Began programming the components for the robot in NI Labview.

    The team continutes to work hard and plans to have a semi-finished robot by the week 3 – week 4 timeframe. We are really aiming to have enough time to allow the drivers to practice and get a feel for what it feels like to interact with the field. This is the most work we have ever had done by week 2 and hope that it progresses into a positive and exponential trend.

    T-4 Weeks!

  • Week 3

    The midpoint of the build season has arrived! We’re at the halfway mark and things are starting to speed up. The closer we get to the end, we realize there is still so much more left to do. On the contrary however, the team continues to progress and the robot has been becoming better. We still have plenty of features to perfect, and have to start thinking about game strategies. Below is a list of a few things the team has accomplished during the past week.

    • Finished chassis and organized the majority of electronics.
    • Chose the size of wheels and the different placement between the traction and omni wheels.
    • Shooting mechanism almost completely assembled.
    • Turret mechanism for shooter is working. Motors have been set in place.
    • Encoders have also been placed onto the motors that control the turret for the shooter. The encoders will provide us with the ability to control the motors with accuracy and precision.
    • Base programming code has been finished.
    • Programming discipline has implemented the camera onto the robot.
    • The programming discipline has also began to test Vision Processing with the camera.
    • Bumpers are 50% complete.

    As the team continues to work hard and at a steady pace, we believe that we are on track to have a finished robot by the end of next week. However, time seems to be passing by pretty fast and we hope that our plans get completed. ‘Till next time!

    T-3 Weeks! :D

  • Week 4

    4 weeks of constant hard work have passed by and the team has seen nothing but progress. However, we had some small drawbacks this week. We received all of the new materials for the robot, which meant disassembling everything that was already pieced and put together. We lost quite some time but still have a reasonable amount of a functioning robot to work with. Below is a summarization of the tasks that were completed in order of occurrence:

    • Entire electrical board was disassembled.
    • Entire robot was pieced apart with the exception of the drive base and the motors.
    • Assembled new robot frame with new materials.
    • Created a wooden template of the electronics board.
    • Wooden template was transferred onto a final plexiglass piece.
    • New wires were cut and soldered to perfection.
    • Male/Female ends and quick disconnects were attached to wires.
    • Electronics, Power Distribution Board, wires, etc. were reattached and neatly organized.
    • New plexiglass electronics board was reattached onto the robot.
    • Final basketball lift mechanism was assembled and welded together. Additional parts were mounted and assembled.
    • All new materials and new electronics board were completely put back onto the robot.
    • Began extensive driving practice with the robot.

    Although the team is not 100% satisfied with our current standing, things are still manageable. However, we do find that tasks are becoming harder to complete as we have less time to do them. We are still sticking to our proposed build plan, but have a few things to make up. We hope that we can accomplish everything we have planned in the upcoming weeks.

    T-2 Weeks! :D

  • Week 5

    Week 5 and finally! We have a fully functional robot! We have been steadily practicing and trying to perfect the accuracy of the shooter. We have also had to remove the basketball lift mechanism in order to adjust some angular issues. The team has also began to create a bridge for the basketballs; the transition between the lift and the shooter. Below are a list of taste completed within week 5:

    • All mechanisms (lift, bridge, and shooter) were put on the robot. Some working, some still need adjustments.
    • Put in quite some practice with the individual mechanisms. However, we need to work on getting them to function cohesively.
    • The shooting height of our mechanism is perfect, however we have found that we need to come up with a way to have a backspin in order to get the ball to go into the hoop.
    • Began programming an autonomous, testing different variables.
    • Added brackets to the bumpers.
    • Drivers station finished. Implemented a new tablet, two logitech joystick controllers, usb hubs, and an external ethernet port.
    • Removed lift mechanism to address some issues with incorrect angles. It was sticking to far out from the allowed distance.
    • Lift mechanism fixed and reattached onto the robot.
    • Continued to test and manipulate different variables to perfect the accuracy of the robot.
    • Began to test robot within “worst-case” scenarios, i.e. obstructions, broken pieces, field elements stuck, etc.

    We have one week left! Oh! How time has flown! We can’t believe that we have such a short amount of time to do such a large amount of work. Although we paced ourselves throughout the build season, we have encountered several obstacles and setbacks that have slowed down the construction of an efficient robot. However, we still believe that we can get this done on time, and yet more importantly, done right! Go Team KAOS!

    T-1 Week! :D

  • Week 6

    WOOOOHHOOOO!!!!! waiitt…. ummm.. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Time’s up! We have just a couple of days before we have to bag up this baby! Where has time gone? Well, back to reality. We’ve done pretty good this season, we’ve had ups, we’ve had downs. Now it’s up to the competition to show us how well we did. Below are a few last things that we did during week 6:

    • Painted the majority of the visible robot.
    • Finalized the programming and added an autonomous.
    • Ensured that both bumpers were still in working condition.
    • Perfected all mechanisms (lift, bridge, shooter.)
    • Ensured that the robot was free of any metal and/or wooden shavings.
    • Checked to ensure that we were not carrying unwanted electrical continuity.
    • Reviewed the FRC competition inspection list to ensure that the robot was compliant with all specifications and followed all rules.
    • Checked for and removed all sharp edges.
    • Ensured that all electrical wires were soldered properly and were correctly attached to their supplemental components.
    • Practiced! Practiced! PRACTICED!
    • Ensured that all computer programs and cRio firmwares were up-to-date.
    • Assembled all remaining components and secured onto robot.
    • Added spaces where necessary and tightened all bolts and nuts.
    • Covered all open terminals or wires with electrical tape.
    • Checked once. Checked twice. Checked three times. Everything had to be in perfect condition.

    Team KAOS is really proud of what we have accomplished. We embraced the task of building a robot within 6 weeks and making it functional in regards to the 2012 FRC competition: Rebound Rumble. We hope all other teams did great and wish them the best of luck! Like first always says, “Good luck, and see you at the competitions!” :)

    T-0! Liftoff!!!!