While not quite as dramatic as the TV series, things are still rather intense around the workshop. As of today we have 24 days remaining in our build season. That is 24 days to finish designing, building, programming and testing our new robot. I have to say, though, things are coming along pretty good.
The build team spent the day getting the chassis finalized and the track system tested. We were able to drive the bot today! (video of that in our next post) We learned a lot from our test drive. We have some track adjustments and support problems that will need to be worked out. A major part of today was also spent working on the boulder pickup system and shooting system. A group of our newest team members worked on our multi-function arm as well. We prototyped a couple of great ideas and put together a shopping list. Once the parts are in, we'll be able to assemble the arm and do some more tests. The biggest issue with the new arm mechanics will be limiting movement. Our plan is to do with with a combination of physical restrictions, limit switches and programming.