Tonight, the main goal is again, to continue to develop our ideas for hanging. We are focusing on building the ideas into the beginner robot, so the newer students can get the experience they will need. This also allows us the flexibility to not only beta-test easily, but we can adapt the design very quickly to the more complex competition robots.
The other idea we are playing with right now is the use of a scissor lift. There are several different areas we could use this in, and the main would be to high-hang. We can get a lot of torque out of a scissor lift, and this would allow us to have a thinner design that would reach quite a bit. We are also thinking about a way to clear underneath the goal. At the last competition, we saw a lot of rings being placed under the ladder, making it hard to impossible for other robots to get those rings. We are thinking of a horizontally mounted scissor lift that would shoot out, allowing us to push all the rings to the other side.
We had a great meeting tonight, and we were able to visualize a lot of what we need to have… We got some basic prototypes built, and it allowed us the opportunity to think through why some of the ideas we have wouldn’t work. We don’t have a meeting this Thursday, because it is Veteran’s Day, so some of the team members will be taking some robot parts home to work on them over the break.