[127X] Meet Philip!

  1. 10 months ago

    Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X
    Edited 10 months ago by Aponthis

    Hey all,

    Here's our latest robot! My teammate, Matthew, and I stayed 7 hours after school to finally get the code I wrote over fall break onto our robot and take it for a spin. This was toward the beginning of our practice, after we adjusted our guide for aligning cones pretty heavily, so it's a little rough but it got better (and for some reason we didn't record again). I kind of wanted to embrace the fail in this reveal video, which actually has some editing! (Don't make fun of me, it's literally my first time actually editing anything, so I kept it simple.)

    Without further ado... our favorite dinosaur, Philip!

    The intake reminds us of teeth, so we are going to put on googly eyes and embrace the dinosaurness! The mobile goal lift even looks like little arms, too.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention, there is no PID or passive power on the DR4B. It's entirely just balanced elastics!

  2. Ashwin Gupta

    12 Nov 2017 California FRC 3476
    Edited 10 months ago by Ashwin Gupta

    Nice external stacker! Its cool to see the concurrent evolution of internals and externals throughout the season and see what will turn out to be stronger at worlds. Also, good bloopers :)

  3. Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X
    Edited 10 months ago by Aponthis

    @Ashwin Gupta Nice external stacker! Its cool to see the concurrent evolution of internals and externals throughout the season and see what will turn out to be stronger at worlds.

    I'm guessing internal. I'm in a weird spot where this robot is not an endorsement on my part, but just an attempt to actually have a polished robot at early tournaments for once. xD We will convert it to an internal stacker over winter break.

    EDIT: I also feel like external stackers could be better for Skills. Skills is mostly mobile goals,
    with a secondary focus on cones. This robot only devotes two motors to cones,
    with eight on the drive and two on the mobile goal lift. I need to run Driver Skills with it,
    but it should be capable of 100+.

    @Ashwin Gupta Also, good bloopers :)

    Thanks, I only had the two first clips and felt it was a bit disingenuous. But, even on the second one, I wasn't as efficient as I should have been. I should have held the cone, picked up the mobile goal, and then brought the cone down onto the mobile goal when I had it in my possession. Oh well!

  4. Barin

    12 Nov 2017 Arizona

    We look forward to seeing your robot in action at Microchip!

    @Aponthis an attempt to actually have a polished robot at early tournaments for once.

    Not a bad strategy for qualifying for State. We should... perhaps embrace the concept a bit more ourselves...

  5. Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @Barin We look forward to seeing your robot in action at Microchip!

    I'm just sad we don't have any tournaments to compete in until then.

    @Barin Not a bad strategy for qualifying for State. We should... perhaps embrace the concept a bit more ourselves...

    Qualifying for State isn't the issue. I play for glory. ;)

  6. Barin

    12 Nov 2017 Arizona

    @Aponthis Qualifying for State isn't the issue. I play for glory. ;)

    I realize it's a non-issue, for both you and us (in general); I was just making the point that a good early-season robot makes qualifying for State a relatively trivial matter.

  7. Edited 10 months ago by Highwayman

    Is Philip the name of a famous dinosaur, or why Philip?
    And I guess I'm out of a job now that you're editing your own videos :P

  8. Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @Highwayman Is Philip the name of a dinosaur, or why Philip?

    We wanted a name that was a little bit more formal, but also common enough to be friendly and casual, because we thought it would be goofy for a dinosaur-like robot. There's no particular namesake.

    @Highwayman And I guess I'm out of a job now that you're editing your own videos :P

    You won't be getting those sweet, sweet $0.00 checks. Sorry!

    I'm trying to work on my video editing skills a little bit for college/scholarship applications that could use a good video.

  9. @Aponthis We wanted a name that was a little bit more formal, but also common enough to be friendly and casual, because we thought it would be goofy for a dinosaur-like robot. There's no particular namesake.

    You won't be getting those sweet, sweet $0.00 checks. Sorry!

    I'm trying to work on my video editing skills a little bit for college/scholarship applications that could use a good video.

    There are applications that ask for a video? I wish I had applied for those

  10. Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @Highwayman There are applications that ask for a video? I wish I had applied for those

    Yes, many college applications allow supplementary materials, and some scholarships are based on videos.

  11. @Aponthis Yes, many college applications allow supplementary materials, and some scholarships are based on videos.

    Thats cool
    So do you make a documentary of your current life in high school?

  12. Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @Highwayman Thats cool
    So do you make a documentary of your current life in high school?

    It's usually geared toward something you've made or done, so I was going to make a progression of the robots I've helped build through the years. My mother suggests that I play the violin for a background track, but I'd have to find a suitable piece.

  13. @Aponthis It's usually geared toward something you've made or done, so I was going to make a progression of the robots I've helped build through the years. My mother suggests that I play the violin for a background track, but I'd have to find a suitable piece.

    That would be cool

  14. 9065_Parker

    12 Nov 2017 Platte City Missouri 9065C

    Wait a second, the ziptie intake googly eye thing was my idea

  15. Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @Parker Wait a second, the ziptie intake googly eye thing was my idea

    Nice try, but it dates back to at least 400X last season... and almost certainly far, far earlier.

  16. 9065_Parker

    12 Nov 2017 Platte City Missouri 9065C

    @Aponthis Nice try, but it dates back to at least 400X last season... and almost certainly far, far earlier.

    Ah, thatsthejoke.jpg i apologize for misinterpretations

  17. Aponthis

    12 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @Parker Ah, thatsthejoke.jpg i apologize for misinterpretations

    Welcome to VEX, where I assume everyone thinks they have reinvented the wheel.

    By the way, do you guys like my "dual four-bar, once reversed" lift design? It's pretty innovative. ;)

  18. Easton

    13 Nov 2017 GA, USA 1958A

    @Aponthis Welcome to VEX, where I assume everyone thinks they have reinvented the wheel.

    By the way, do you guys like my "dual four-bar, once reversed" lift design? It's pretty innovative. ;)

    That's actually pretty creative, I'm surprised nobody else thought of that

  19. Vexly

    13 Nov 2017 Suspended

    Why is everyone using the ziptie passive intake?
    Just use an internal for competitions and if you want to focus on skills use a mobile goal bot.

  20. Aponthis

    13 Nov 2017 Tempe, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @Vexly Why is everyone using the ziptie passive intake?
    Just use an internal for competitions and if you want to focus on skills use a mobile goal bot.

    Those are two separate issues. I agree that internal will be better in the long run, I've just committed to external for right now, so I'm perfecting it as much as I can. As soon as the last competition is over this calendar year, I am either converting it or keeping it as a Skills bot under 127X and moving to another team letter... probably the former. The zip tie passive intake is definitely the best intake for an external stacker, though, and is very viable for internal stackers as well.

    Also, this robot only uses two motors for cones, so I believe that it is better than a mobile goal bot for Skills. If you want to dedicate yourself to Skills, you still need to be competent with cones. This robot's only distinction from a mogo bot is the use of two motors for cones; it has an 8-motor 2.4:1 drive, which should be excellent for Skills.

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