A quick update showing some of the build progress.
Our CNC router, laser cutter, lathes, and 3D printers have been getting used a lot this week turning out parts for the practice robot.
We use the lathe to insert star nuts into the end of the tubes we use as dead axles and standoffs on the robot.
We upgraded our tube clamp to the WCProducts tube clamp and it works great on our ShopSabre 23 router.
We 3D print the vast majority of pulleys that we use on our robots.
The practice robot drive train is assembled, we should be able to wire it this weekend.
As we test the first versions of some mechanisms we will make them out of plywood as we know we will iterate these quickly. This does allow us to produce all of the shafts, rollers, motor mounts, etc.
Her is the current state of the practice robot with much of the ball path plates, and the wooden launcher being held in place.