FRC 1640 Punchlist

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Mechanical Prototyping

  • Prototype slingshot to determine accuracy of shot positions, including by pipe (pullback) adjustment
  • Prototype roller frame for required rise (without or with forks)
  • Prototype JVN catapult to determine accuracy of shot positions and how to load

Mechanical Fabrication

  • Pivots
  • Field pieces
  • Shop organization tools


  • Stack-style chassis CAD for early plywood cut (Molly)
  • Stack-style chassis tradeoffs (Ben, Gary, Siri, Clem, Molly, Kira)
  • Layout basic state logic with programmers (Siri, Julie - draft done)
  • System-level ball routing, ball auto-ejection, manipulator tensioning

Programming / Control

  • All programming team members need to install LabVIEW and FRC software on a personal computer (see DEWBOT_X_Programming for details) -- Make sure FRC 2014 appears when starting LabVIEW
  • All programming team members need to complete the certification test
  • Preliminary list of programming products needs to be created
  • The programming team needs to organize into product sub-teams
  • Position and angular error spread for autonomous movement (by revolution counts) via testing procedure (Pat, Julie, Siri - procedure documented)
    • 3 trials baseline completed
    • Tweaks to try for additional baseline trials:
      • Wheel initialization -- rotate 360 degrees (no shortest distance), then back 180 degrees? (Need to confirm numbers)
      • Ramp up drive power based on revolutions reported by encoders
    • Gather tach-based autonomous driving trial data
  • Demonstrate move to/wait for Hot Goal
  • Demonstrate dashboard-to-robot-code communication
  • Prototype shooter code
  • Prototype ball collection code


  • Layout preliminary match and pit UI sheets and Excel/Tableau files
  • Lock down prioritize (first generation) metrics


  • Paint more hats
  • Plan/start videos (at least release video)
  • Vests and sweatshirts


  • Complete machinist's shelf unit.
  • Build a shelf storage unit for the welding area giving welding team much needed practice.
  • We've been using alloy 4043 for all our robot welding. However, alloy 5356 may be a better choice. It is more ductile and stronger especially in shear, which it what many of our chassis joints are subject to. We need to devise a simple test to evaluate.
  • Prepare the welding table for use, including grinding off lumps and bumps, and checking for flatness.
  • Make some specialty clamps suitable for chassis clamping and holding. Drill holes in table top to accept those clamps.