Well, it's been a few weeks since Franklin, so I guess an event report is better late & long, than never.
This was our first time at Franklin, and it seems like it was a special year. So many new & first time builders is really exciting to see! All I can say is based on the turn out for Franklin, I'm interested to see how Motorama will turn out!
Overall this was a really fun event. If not a little stressful due to the number of bots in a 1 day event. The NERC officials ran a tight ship and it all seemed to run like clockwork! We wanted to take a moment to thank NERC for putting on the event!
On to our Bots I guess.Aries:(L) vs Ubersawhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8HWr2aVgfw(W) by Forfeit vs Scythe(W) by Forfeit vs Bot That Hath No Name(W) vs Slim Pickenshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsJQ8gBg6bg(W) by Forfeit vs The Cuban(L) vs Revyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MFXfML5O0U
Aries officially went 4-2, however that is mostly thanks to pre-match forfeits. In actual combat it went 1-2, with an unexpected win over Slim Pickens.
For this event, Aries received a drive design upgrade and it seems to have worked out perfectly. We switched the drive motors over to the motors Ian suggested, with no problems! We also switched the wheels from Banebots to Foam, and also used an indirect belt drive. All to limit the shock going back in to the gearbox. The drive system worked wonderful, unlike at BotBlast.
Aries has 2 design changes that need to be made.
Gemini:(W) vs Team Harris(W) vs Mondo Bizarrohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7S9CivW8lo(L) vs Chuckhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0w5mqn7sSE(W) vs Event Horizonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31G9cFAusSU(W) vs Captain Doomhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCcjACM6jTI(L) vs Scorpius
- Do NOT print wheel guards as part of the uni-body chassis. Ubersaw taught us a lesson on that!
- Figure out a way to limit the Gyro dance while turning with the drum at full speed. I'm thinking a wider wheel base?
Gemini went 4-2 on the day, only because it got paired against our very own Scorpius at the end. We choose to forfeit Gemini against Scorpius, because who wants ANOTHER wedge near the end of the competition. So we opted to move Scorpius forward and end the day for Gemini.
Gemini did what a wedge is supposed to do for the most part, just need to make some minor adjustments in the design.Scorpius:(W) vs Devastating Momenthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXeSGCr6-B0(W) by Forfeit vs Wedge of Destruction v3(W) vs best koreahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djo4z2BYjZM(L) vs Trilobitehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Siv2P8-iwiI(W) by Forfeit vs Gemini(W) by Forfeit vs Chuck(L) vs Trilobitehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_A7nuIMWAM
Scorpius went 5-2 and WON 3rd place
! This was the first of 3 events for Scorpius that it was not plagued with electrical issues. We moved away from the 1000rpm Kitbot motors, and did not have the electrical issues. So this was really the first outing that we could see what the bot was capable of.
For the most part the design seems fairly stable, we are going to redesign the chassis and rebuild certain parts as they had been beat on pretty good in the first 2 events when the bot was thrown in the arena not working correctly.
All in all it was a great event! and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at Motorama!