Deburring laser-cut parts for our turret, intake, and bellypan, cut by our sponsor Rhino Cutting Systems. For more images, visit the 2017 Gallery.
This was our first foray into advanced design as we took on greater and more complex challenges (such as building a high goal shooter). However, we were pretty limited in what we could use — we had no real in-house advanced manufacturing. The only tools at our disposal were a drill press, vertical and horizontal bandsaw, and a lathe (which was rarely used). We also had very limited 3D-printing capabilities. Despite all this, we managed to build a highly successful and ambitious robot.
In 2017, the year before 6878 officially started as an FRC team, we invited students from St. Jean de Brebeuf to join our team and learn the ins and outs of FRC. These students were involved in everything from the design and build to scouting and competition. This marked the start of our close ties with 6878.
It was around this year that we really started moving away from standard or pre-made items, and more towards making our own. While there is always something to learn from previous years, at this point in time we were still figuring out how FRC worked — so here are some new things we tried: