Impossible Robotics

Building day!

Today we continued working on our robot at the building space of our main sponsor Victron Energy. After waiting a very long time for our meccanum wheels we decided it probably was the best idea to first assemble the drive train with traction and omniwheels. We also rewired all the cables so now all the cables look a lot better.

We really want to thank Victron Energy for their hospitality, for using the building space and all the other support!!

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Aron Hoekstra and Stefan Sijbesma, 17 February 2020

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Chairmans Essay

Over the last few weeks we have worked on our Chairman’s essay. Chairman’s is one of the most prestigious awards in the FIRST Robotics Competition, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. To participate in Chairman’s a team has to write an essay, make a video and give a presentation.

In our essay you can read about our efforts to spread FIRST in the netherlands and the impact we have had on our community. We will continue working on the other aspects of Chairman’s and are excited to share more in the future.

Pieter Venderbos, 12 February 2020

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FIRST Lego League Benelux Final

Last week we were invited for the annual Benelux final of the FIRST Lego League, which was held in Breda this year. This is the final where the best 53 teams from Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg present their innovation project and compete at the playing field.

This day we were present at the science festival, where we demonstrated what it is like to be in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The guests were able to drive our robot from last year. Besides that we were building the robot for this years challenge, the visitors could walk by and see what we were doing. The science festival was well attended, so there were lots of people who came by.

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Our team members, Henk van der Wal and Jamie Kazemier have helped with judging the FLL teams this day. Henk was part of the judging panel for the innovation project, while Jamie was part of the child judges, he learned a lot from this experience.

As mentioned above, we were also building our robot this day. Our focus was on the arm we are going to use to climb on the generator switch. It didn’t work out as well as we hoped it would do, because beforehand we forgot to account for a few things. So we went on prototyping, to solve the problems. We were not able to finish it entirely, so we will go on next time.

Sytse de Boer and Pieter Venderbos, 25 January 2020

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Week 1 robot progress

Today we continued building and designing our robot.

We started by watching inspiring videos from “Robot in three days” where we got some inspiration for our creation. Later we went on making a part of our drive train, including assembling the gearboxes and the mecanum wheels. Assembling the mecanum wheels took more time than expected.

We also built prototypes for the climbing mechanism. We had fun ideas, we decided on making a spring loaded arm wich can be moved back in with a rope.

In conclusion we couldn’t do everything we hoped to do but the base of our creation has been layed.

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Sytse de Boer en Tom Dunant Maurits, 11 January 2020

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FRC Kick-Off

On this Saturday we had our annual Kick-off event. During the event FIRST revealed this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition Infinite Recharge. We came together with our team to watch the reveal and discuss our strategy for the coming season. Over the next 6 weeks different we will work together to overcome challenges while building a robot that can accurately shoot balls, balance a switch by hanging on it and rotate a panel.

We are excited to show you more in the coming weeks and hope you will follow along as we share more of our journey.

You can find a brief explanation of this year’s challenge in this video and for those looking for a more in depth look there is the game manual

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Pieter Venderbos, 04 January 2020

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