As we start bring our ideas to life in CAD there have been a few robots that we keep coming back to for inspiration.
GUS FRC#228 – 2011
GUS’ 2011 robot featured a great chain driven cascading lift and a simple wrist intake. We have been heavily looking at their lift and power transmission for the elevator to get ideas for our elevator for this year.
Simbotics FRC#1114 – 2011
Simbotics’ 2011 robot also had a cascading lift but there design was based around sheet metal manufacturing which more closely mirrors how Spectrum builds it’s robots.
Robowranglers FRC#148 – 2011
The Robowranglers’ 2011 robot features an awesome extending link for the top bar on it’s 4 bar arm. We have been looking at this CAD as an example for how to do a simple extension that we will be using on our Cargo intake.
Here is the current state of one of the intake extensions.
“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.” – John Gall