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This tour provided a great opportunity to see how the principles and processes we use when building our robot are implemented in the industry. Recently we started learning about 3D printers and CAD so when we saw the SLA machines, it was really exciting to make the connection. Like our team, they had prototyping phases, build/design teams, and testing facilities. A notable difference however, was the emphasis they placed on testing. They tested for every scenario and every different situation, and in some cases built custom test rigs. In the next season, we should definitely incorporate a more comprehensive testing program for our robot.
We had the opportunity to talk to Stanley Black and Decker engineers about the mechanics and software of our robot and they gave us advice on how to improve. We took away some key points from this occasion. Two SBD employees were interested in potentially working with our team next season so we should follow up with them to see if they would be interested in coming to design reviews. We also talked to TechFire about how mechanisms operate on a larger scale in FRC. For example, their sweeper was a series of belts for speed and efficiency compared to the surgical tubing we use on our robot. And, the coach of TechFire, who also coaches an FTC team let us know about a workshop their team was hosting on August 19th for FTC teams and invited us to come. If we can get our summer drivetrain projects finished by then, we could display them at the event.