2014 Rochester Fingerlakes Regional

Congratulations to the team for competing at the 2014 Rochester Finglerlakes Regional held at RIT.  While we did not place well, we did receive many complements on our robot.  It did not help that we were competing against teams that had participated in earlier events.  They had an extra day to work out their bugs and two days of competition.  We’ll have to have a better strategy for next year.

It also did not help to have serious hardware issues.  Dropping the 5V due to a bad connection to the digital I/O sidecar cost us most of Thursday’s practice and further hindered the software debugging.  Then to have intermittent reboots on the field due to  a bad main circuit breaker / switch put us in a huge hole that we struggled to get out of.  In the end we managed to shoot once, and we also picked up a ball, and received a ball.  But we never used the flippers, removed the netting before trying them, and probably hurt our ability to pick up and receive by reducing the vacuum by inserting the valve.  It was still fun.

We thank our sponsors, The Rochester City School District (RCSD), Thomson Reuters, Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying P.C., Arnold Magnetic Technologies, Optimation, and Kingsbury.

The vacuum funnel used to pick and throw the ball.

The vacuum funnel used to pick and throw the ball.

Students working on the robot to pick up a ball. We sacrificed the net to save weight for the low volume pump.

Students working on the robot to pick up a ball. We sacrificed the net to save weight for the low volume pump.

Vacuum Blower develops 2.5 in-Hg vacuum and spins at 17,000 rpm.

Vacuum Blower develops 2.5 in-Hg vacuum and spins at 17,000 rpm.

Low volume high pressure pump develops 8-10 in-Hg vacuum.

Low volume high pressure pump increases vacuum to 8-10 in-Hg.

 

The valve connects the low volume pump to the funnel.

The valve connects the low volume pump to the funnel.

The 3" diameter cylinder develops over 400 lbs of force.

The 3″ diameter cylinder develops over 400 lbs of force.

Close up of the flipper motor drive using an o-ring belt and pulley.

Close up of the flipper motor drive using an o-ring belt and pulley.

The high pressure sensor monitor changes color to green when we reach > 60 psi.

The high pressure sensor monitor changes color to green when we reach > 60 psi.

A cim motor with a modified gear box that included a worm gear, drives this sprocket, and we still needed some surgical tubing to lift the funnel with a ball.

A cim motor with a modified gear box that included a worm gear, drives this sprocket, and we still needed some surgical tubing to lift the funnel with a ball.

Our robot, proudly displaying our sponsors.

Our robot, proudly displaying our sponsors.  Thanks again.

Getting ready to test the robot between matches.

Getting ready to test the robot between matches.

Discussing game strategy with future teammates on an upcoming match.

Discussing game strategy with future team mates on an upcoming match.

 

Setting up for the next match.

Setting up for the next match.

Coming off the field after a valiant attempt.

Coming off the field after a valiant attempt.

 

The robot took a beating.

The robot took a beating.

No dissapointment here.

No disappointment here.

Our young kids.

Our young kids.

The pits were always crowded.

The pits were always crowded.

Our 2014 Team, less a few scraglers.

Our 2014 Team, less a few scragglers.

 

 

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