Manufacturing our first custom gearbox plate on the Tormach mill. For more images, visit the 2018 Gallery.
This year, we started manufacturing our own robot parts in-house. Most notably, we manufactured our first custom drive gearbox on the Tormach mill.
After watching some early Power Up matches, we realized just how important climbing was. To ensure that we could get extra points and four ranking points in our qualification matches, we created a special competition subteam — the RP assurance team. This subteam was dedicated to helping other teams climb — if another team's climb was not functional, we were willing to assist them in fixing or setting up a climber in their pit. RP assurance team members would visit our upcoming alliance partners and firstly ensure that their robot was functional. Next, they would evaluate their climb and ensure that we were compatible climbing together (which involved carrying a copy of Tipsy's ramp around at all times). This subteam worked wonders for us — ensuring that we could almost always double climb allowed us to seed high at all of our events.
One of our team goals this year was to make it to the semifinals (at least) at the Ontario District Championship. Here's what we implemented to make it there: