The robot is what makes our team a robotics team. Our goal is to always have a game changing robot with innovative new techniques. Even before the season, we were brainstorming possible new ideas. Some of these ideas were rejected in the prototype phase, but most of them have gotten a space on the robot, even if for a short time. Our robot, I-4, has gone through many iterations and improvements. Shown below are descriptions of the different stages of I-4.
Practice Meet - Meet 1
Our practice meet robot had an intake with two wheels. When the wheels would rotate, the stone would be pulled in and pinned against the back panel. It also had a wooden hooking mechanism in the back to move the foundation.
By Meet 2, we had changed the intake so that the wheels were on the sides, making the intake faster and more dynamic. We also changed the hooking mechanism to a stronger material. To stack stones, I-4 got fitted with a lift that can stack up to five stones. To support the lift, we added custom side panels, which also made I-4 look sleeker.
Meet 3 - league champs
During meet 2, we discovered that to out take the stone, we would have to launch them. As this is against the rules, we decided to use a clamp intake, which we found to be more efficient. Then, between meet 3 and league championships, we improved the intake from metal to custom parts, making it more accurate.