Buuuuuttt the robot is getting closer and closer to completion as well! The robot frame already has the entire base completed, the motors mounted, and the supports attached. The build team is moving towards attaching the pulley system, which is very close to the last steps of completing the hardware of the robot. The build team has also worked on constructing the specialized worm-drive motor that we are using in order for the pulley to complete the task we are working towards (stacking totes, if you weren't aware). Each of the four cars going on the track of the robot are also being polished and carefully constructed in order to slide up and down the track nicely.
The programming team is currently on standby, since they have already finished completely programming to the limit! ...switches. They have not been able to program the code that manages the limit switches, which we hope will allow us to track how many totes we are picking up at any given time. They are not present on the practice robot, but will be on the final robot. So kudos to you programming team, for being on top of everything! *smooching noises*
The electronic team has been ever busy with working with the electronics, and they have been just as on top of things as the programming team. They have finished the electronics board, but since the builders are still working on the robot itself, they have yet to mount it on the robot and wire everything in.
Friday night, we also had a team outing to King's FRC Team's annual robot reveal! Various teams from around the area showed off their robot's design, or in our case, talked about what our robot was all about. (And in the case of our guillotine robot, it's all about cutting off the metaphorical heads of our problems.) Team Pronto had a blast.
The build season is officially only in its thirties, but it definitely feels like we've already had 10 mid-life crises. But nonetheless, the team is building with a passion that mirrors someone who has only had one! We've got the stereo on, and while we're hammering, sawing, and drilling away, we're simultaneously dancing to jazz and rock (in a safe, non-extreme manner, because we are in an auto shop). We're close, so very close. The apprehension in the team is palpable. But y'know what, we know how to express those feelings by singing the Bohemian Rhapsody.
SING IT OUT, Team Pronto! (And finish the robot. I didn't say that because it doesn't sound very motivational.)