[team2039] Re: Successful Competition

  • From: Brad Masbruch <bmas99@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: team2039@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 08:31:17 -0500

I would like to use the 2nd box as a training for anyone that wants to
learn the electrical.  But 1st we need to get the schematics and pinouts
updated to match what is actually on the robot (there's been a lot of
undocumented changes).  It'll be a good off-season task that we can have
other students do, and we'll just offer guidance.  That way, we'll have
more students next year that can help with the electrical system.
We will also need a shooter for the 2nd robot.  Probably with only 1
acceleration conveyor and no spinning turret.


On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM, Mark Amber <me@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Nice, that was the plan, just snap it in. Now I want to get that other box
> fitted with connectors and we can play with two robots and they will be
> interchangeable and stuff
> - Mark Amber -
> On Mar 24, 2012, at 11:16 PM, Brad Masbruch <bmas99@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Most of the electronics worked right away, other than the solenoid (just
> plugged in wrong) and an I/O that was shorting out a digital side card
> (unused, so we just unplugged it once we were able to isolate it). Later,
> one of the PWM wires for the CIM we removed, shorted out across 12 volts
> (forgot to tape the pins after we took it out) and melted some of the
> wiring in the chassis Victor box. I believe it fried the common ground
> since all of them stopped working, so we just ran PWM cables direct from
> the digital side card to the chassis Victors. We had some exciting moments,
> but all-in-all, the electrical went really well.
> Brad
> On Mar 24, 2012 10:57 PM, "Mark Amber" <me@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Sorry I could not be there with you, it must have been exciting. I had
>> Two very successful runs of Fiddler on the Roof, I had lots of fun with
>> that. I saw you on the live stream, we were a real powerhouse of a shooter,
>> we should have saved our pass to championships for this year because with
>> some tweaking and that practice bot we could have gone far.
>> So what did you end up using, did the nice electronics box plug right in?
>> Did everything work?
>> - Mark Amber -
>> On Mar 24, 2012, at 10:34 PM, Brad Masbruch <bmas99@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > I want to congratulate everyone on a very successful competition.  I'm
>> proud of what we accomplished these last 3 days.  After a long build season
>> we went to the competition with high hopes that we had a well functioning
>> robot.  When we got there we were over weight on our shooter, over weight
>> on our robot, lost distance in our shooter, then had inconsistent shooting
>> distances, and fried some electronics (and this was just Thursday).
>>  Instead of getting discouraged, we thought quick on our feet and worked
>> hard.  After all the re-design, re-wiring, re-working, and re-programming,
>> we ended up with one of the most consistent scoring robots at the
>> competition.  We may have not won it all, but you should be proud of the
>> robot you made and all your hard work over the past several weeks.  I know
>> I am.
>> >
>> > Brad Masbruch

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