So many questions... Are the Robowranglers "done"? What does that beautiful black robot look like? When will it be released? Everything will be revealed tonight, at 9:09 PM (Texas time).
If you can't make it to the open house at Greenville HS, check it out on the Robowrangler Facebook Page tonight.
Until then... Some Updates
- The test of the Mk6 intake on Day 42 was a great success. It worked exactly like we hoped. We built a second one and put it on the #3 robot.
- The #3 robot is officially the competition robot. or just: "The Black Robot". It is now fully functional.
- Robot performance seems good: gameplay testing met our expectations. "Adequate job." We know the drivers are just getting a feel for it, and it's been amazing to watch them improve so far just in the last 2 days. I can't wait to see how they make this thing DANCE after weeks and weeks and weeks of practice + scrimmage time.
- The robot durability seems good. <knock on wood> - We've been through about 5 days of hard testing with the practice robot (3 days with the Mk6 intake) and 2-ish days with the competition robot. We're not breaking things anymore... <knock on wood>
- We went through several drivetrain iterations during the last few days. We're fans of building multi-configurable drivetrains. This year we tweaked wheel heights, wheel types, diameters, positions, etc. We played around quite a bit to tune in the drivetrain turning. We also found out that some of the things we said were "great" during testing, were "not so great" during gameplay practice. (Specifically, we didn't like the performance of the robot when the lift was up. Much better after a little tweaking.)
- Astute readers of the blog who think they know exactly what the drivetrain is, will likely be surprised by the reveal...
- (And it'll probably change a few more times during the season).
- Overall... the robot is ready for the Open House tonight, and ready for it's worldwide unveiling after that. (9:09PM)
- I'm excited to be able to blog about all the things I haven't talked about. Hiding stuff is exhausting...
- "Is it ready for Dallas?" Yeah. It could compete.
- "Did I sense hesitation in that reply?" Of course: we still have 2 weeks to improve it before Dallas. It's ready... but it's not done.
- We already want to try a Mk7 intake, to see how that compares. After we bag the robot tomorrow night, we'll start working on the Mk7 design. If it turns out better, we'll bring the upgrade in for Dallas. It's an easy swap - we've designed to be pretty modular this year.
- The build season is coming to an end, but the season is just getting started...
- Trust the Process. Keep Iterating. Chase Excellence.
"Stay the course." - JVN
"Stay the course." - The Captain of the Titanic (probably)