The first version of our 2017 robot was very much unlike what it is today.
Status: Modified, still operational.
6WD, tank drive.
Front – Ball Intake, Hopper, Agitator
Powered by BAG motors, the intake wheels spun fast enough to launch the balls up the chute and land gently into the hopper.
Once in the hopper, an agitator mechanism (also powered w/ BAGs) at the bottom would spin and push the balls through a tunnel into the shooter.
Rear – Shooter, Passive Gear Box
Shoots to the rear side for minimal turning.
The gear box would hold the gear at the correct height in order for us to place the gear on the airship.
Introducing: FENIX V2
FENIX, view from the bottom
FENIX, from above
Set up and ready for autonomous!
Climbing at the end of the match
Closeup look at what powers our climbing subsystem
All red robots got up on the airship!
After regionals, the team simplified our robot design a lot. We completely removed the hopper & shooter subsystems and chose to create an active gear mechanism. We decided picking gears up off the floor & climbing was the most important thing to focus on, so we modified our robot to reflect that.
6WD, tank drive.
Front – Gear Pickup / Climbing Mechanism
Two wheels attached to the end of arms spin to intake the gear.
The compression from the wheels naturally hold the gear in place, allowing us to move freely across the field.
The climber is powered by a regular CIM motor.
Gear reduction unknown.
A ratchet was added during an off-season event after realizing the motor was outputting too much power to hold the weight of the robot.
Over the weekend our team traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the 10th annual CAGE Match. The team and our robot, FENIX, placed 10th in the standings and eventually moved up to become the 7th seed alliance captain!
A big thank you to our alliance partners #3940 Cybertooth and #461 WBI for competing with us in the playoffs. You can see our match results & photos from the event below.