In the fall of 2009 two Robowrangler students (Parker Francis & Charles Wensel) worked on the development of a new experimental drivetrain. The typical Robowrangler P/N standards call for a 4-digit year (i.e. “2008-100-001 Rev1.SLDPRT”). Since this design was worked on in-between seasons, the typical numbering didn’t make sense. As an homage to the numbering system used for experimental aircraft, the Robowranglers chose “X001” for their prototypes.
The work done on X001 heavily influenced the drivetrain on the Robowrangler 2010 robot. Since then sixteen additional prototypes have been developed (not all of them have been built).
X001 heavily influenced the 2010 robot: Armadillo.
X002 heavily influenced the 2011 robot: Raptor.
X006 heavily influenced the 2013 robot: Viper.
X009 which was documented here showcased the 2015 FRC beta control system and ultimately influenced our 2015, 2016, and 2017 robots.
X016 was a fully functional competition robot which competed in an off-season competition.
Pre-season development has become a staple of the Robowrangler team. The engineering group uses this time as an opportunity to practice methods, train new students, and experiment with new technology which normally might be dubbed “too unproven” for implementation during the build season.
Click each image to learn more about the different X000 projects!