OUR ROBOTS

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The various robots built by FIRST Team 2168

Deep Space 2019-John Denver

Twelfth year of Fitch Robotics, Tenth Year of the Aluminum

Falcons

Robot Design

Drive Team:

  • Base Driver: Stephen Cloudas (Senior)

  • Operator: Aveline Mills (Junior)

  • Human Player: Nathan Kowalski (Senior)

  • Coach: Adam Brewster (Mentor)

Achievements

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2019 achievements

The Game

The 2019 Competition was Deep Space

See our 2019 stats at The Blue Alliance

Power Up 2018-Bruhhh 

Eleventh Year of Fitch Robotics, Ninth Year of the Aluminum Falcons

Robot Design

For the Power Up game of 2018, our robot had to stack milk crates onto a balanced scale in order to tip it in our favor and then climb the scale. 

  • 120 lbs, 6 wheel drive, 2 CIM motors per side

  • GUI driver station for real-time feedback of sensors

  • On board compressor for pneumatics

  • Multiple autonomous programs for situational match play

  • Ratcheted winch system to climb and hold position

Drive Team: 

  • Base Driver: Stephen Cloudas (Junior)

  • Operator: Eva Chamard (Senior)

  • Human Player: Nathan Kowalski (Junior)

  • Coach: Adam Brewster (Mentor)

Achievements: 

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2018 achievements

The Game 

The 2018 Competition was Power Up

See our 2018 stats at The Blue Alliance

Steamworks 2017-Precipitator 

Tenth Year of Fitch Robotics, Eighth Year of the Aluminum Falcons

Robot Design

For the Steamworks game of 2017, our robot was required to shoot balls into hopper-shaped goals, attaching gears to pegs, and pull itself up into the air by way of an ascension mechanism. 

  • 120 lbs, 8 wheel drive, 3 CIM motors per side, 2 speed tranny

  • GUI driver station for real-time feedback of sensors

  • On board compressor for pneumatics

  • Vision system (camera) for autonomous turret shooting

  • Multiple autonomous programs for situational match play

  • Ratcheted winch system to climb and hold position

Drive Team: 

  • Base Driver: Stephen Cloudas (Sophomore)

  • Operator: Eva Chamard (Junior)

  • Human Player: Nathan Kowalski (Sophomore)

  • Coach: Adam Brewster (Mentor)

Achievements: 

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2017 achievements

The Game 

The 2017 Competition was Steamworks

See our 2017 stats at The Blue Alliance

Stronghold 2016-D. Burd 

Ninth Year of Fitch Robotics, Seventh Year of the Aluminum Falcons

Robot Design 

This year the robot was required to trek over obstacles and shoot foam balls into elevated goals, so with that in mind, the team set out to create a shooter and to reinforce the belly pan of our robot, using a 10-wheel Westcoast style drivetrain. 

  • Size: 39x21

  • Weight: 120 pounds 

  • Drivetrain: 10WD single speed geared for 16ft/s using 10in pneumatic wheels with a 1/8th in drop center

  • Shooter: Powered by 2 775 Pro motors in a custom gearbox the spun the shooter at 18,000 RPM

  • Intake: 2 position intake arms for acquisition as well as seamless stack release, custom polyurethane wheels and low profile hubs provide for great grip on balls while eliminating the need for constant replacement, surgical tubing and pivot blocks built into the arms for compliance

Drive Team: 

  • Base Driver: Sara Mitchell (Sophomore) 

  • Operator: Eva Chamard (Sophomore) 

  • Human Player: Nathan Kowalski (Freshman)

  • Coach: Josh Miller (Mentor) 

Achievements: 

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2016 achievements

The Game

The 2016 Competition was Stronghold

See our 2016 stats at The Blue Alliance

Recycle Rush 2015-Reggie

Eighth Year of Fitch Robotics, Sixth Year of the Aluminum Falcons 

Robot Design 

 As a result of a major game change this year, with no defense and minimal interaction with other robots, the Aluminum Falcons shifted from our traditional drive train design of using omni and colson wheels to improve maneuverability. This robot's design was in constant flux throughout the season as the team made modifications to improve functionality during competition. After our first competition improvements were made to the intake system so the robot could easily acquire totes. Then, the tote gripper was improved upon and a bin retention mechanism was added for better control of our stacks. At World Championships the team added a ramp tethered to the robot for easier tote loading as well as a bin ripper system for the autonomous period. As a result of the hard work and modifications the Aluminum Falcons constantly improved all season and ended with a victory at Battlecry. 

  • Size: 28x36 

  • Weight: 120 pounds 

  • Drivetrain: 4WD single speed 8 f/s with experimental 6 inch colson omni wheel swerve drive

  • Lift: Two cim worm gearbox powering a pulley system using Kevlar timing belts in a single stage lift

  • Intake: 2 position intake arms for acquisition as well as seamless stack release, custom polyurethane wheels and low profile hubs provide for great grip on totes and cans while eliminating the need for constant replacement, surgical tubing and pivot blocks built into the arms for compliance in the landfill

  • Tote Gripper: Two position arms that close in on totes to stack and open up to score, hooks made out of semi-compliant material for opening up around totes but providing the strength to support a full stack

  • Can Gripper: Free floating gripper on 80/20 t slotted frame and carriage grips upright cans and holds them in place to build stacks under

  • Bin Rippers: Twin pneumatic powered bent-aluminum tubes with poly carbonate hooks capable of ripping 2 bins off the step within 2 seconds

  • Small Ramp: Weighed ~ 0.5 pounds, was tethered to robot for human station tote loading, could be carried in robot 

  • Large Ramp: Capable of holding three totes in a row for the robot, expedites human loading for our robot as well as other robots in our alliance

Drive Team: 

  • Base Driver: Emma Stark (Senior) 

  • Operator: Finian O'Connor (Senior) 

  • Human Player: Jacob Kowalski (Senior) 

  • Coach: Josh Miller (Mentor) 

Achievements: 

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2015 achievements

The Game

The 2015 Competition was Recycle Rush

See our 2015 stats at The Blue Alliance

Aerial Assist 2014 - Lance

Seventh Year of Fitch Robotics; Fifth Year of the Aluminum Falcons 

Robot Design 

Lance was designed to meet the strong defensive challenge of the Aerial Assist challenge. The robot was designed with an open superstructure and could intake balls from the floor, from a human player, or from another robot. The catapult designed by the team could accurately shoot from a wide range, but was most effective when lined up close to the goal. As the season progressed our programmers developed an effective system that was able to score two balls during the autonomous period. Lance was produced in Solidworks and fabricated by Hillery.

  • Size: 28x28 

  • Weight: ~120 pounds 

  • Drivetrain: 8WD 4"x 1.5" Colsons, 6 cim single speed 11f/s 

  • Intake: Twin rs 775 motors on vex pro planetary reductions, Banebot wheels and lateral mechanum wheels for maximum peripheral intaking 

  • Winch:Twin bag motors on vex pro planetary reductions powering a spool with built in dog shift 

  • Catapult: 3 position pneumatic pistons adjust the shot for trussing, shooting from against the 1 point goal, and long range shooting

Drive Team 

  • Base Driver: Emma Stark (Junior) 

  • Operator: Finian O'Connor (Junior) 

  • Human Player: Jacob Kowalski (Junior) 

  • Coach: Josh Miller (Mentor) 

Achievements: 

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2014 achievements

The Game

The 2014 Competition was Aerial Assist

See our 2014 stats at The Blue Alliance

Ultimate Ascent 2013 - The Phoenix

Sixth Year of Fitch Robotics; Fourth Year of the Aluminum Falcons

Robot Design

The Phoenix arose from the metaphorical ashes of the robot that won the WPI regional. The original design was an awesome defensive machine, but 2013's game of intense, mechanically driven disk golf required a machine that could shoot more reliably. A complete redesign of the superstructure was done between the WPI and Connecticut regionals, made possible thanks to a collaboration with team 228, GUS robotics. The Phoenix exploded onto and out of the Connecticut regional with an amazingly high success rate, shooting 6 points in Autonomous mode. Phoenix was produced in Solidworks, and fabricated by Hillery Company. 

  • Size: 24" x 32" x 28" in Starting configuration

  • Weight: ~105bs

  • Drivetrain: 8WD 4"x 1.5" Colsons, 6 CIM Single Reduction, GT2 15mm Belt Drive, Dead Axle, Geared for ~12.5ft/s

  • Shooter: Two position, Dual Wheel (McMaster Sure-Grip Drive Rollers) 4" Static (~5.5" Dynamic) individually nested belt drive from two miniCIMs, pneumatic "pull" trigger

  • Collector: Human fed, "Bucket Brigade" hopper, 4 Disc Capacity

  • Climbing Mechanism: Pneumatically actuated Dual sided hooks, able to hang from front or rear safety

  • Chassis/Superstructuer: Sheet metal was the primary material used in the construction of the chassis and superstructure

Drive Team

  • Base Driver: Emma Stark (Sophomore)

  • Operator: Finian O' Connor (Sophomore)

  • Human Player: Jacob Kowalski (Sophomore)

  • Coach: Josh Miller (Mentor)

Achievements

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2013 achievements

The Game 

The 2013 Competition was Ultimate Ascent

See our 2013 stats at The Blue Alliance

Rebound Rumble 2012 - Fat Swan

Fifth Year of Fitch Robotics; Third Year of the Aluminum Falcons

This was definitely an exciting year for the Aluminum Falcons. With a dazzling combination of our highest student membership yet and an extremely motivated student body, this was an amazingly successful build season for the Aluminum Falcons. Primed by our Aim High game mock kick off, we were able to develop a game strategy quickly and began development on our design. Right from the start the Aluminum Falcons were ready to rebound and rumble. 

 Robot Design

Dubbed "Fat Swan" for its robust design and curved superstructure. A fixed height shooter with a two position hood was used as the primary method of scoring for the superstructure on this 2012 robot. Tuned by our programmers Aluma Fett is able to shoot in the high and middle basket with a high accuracy rate. Pnuematics were also used again this year for the two position hood, the lift/hooper, and bridge manipulator. The back panel of Aluma Fett serves a dual purpose as a hopper and device for the human player to load balls into it. Produced in Solidworks, and fabricated by Hillery, sheet metal was primarily used in the construction of the chassis and superstructure. 

  • Size: 26" x 34" x ~50"

  • Weight: ~118lbs

  • Drivetrain: 8WD, 5" Colsons, Dead Axles, #35 Chain, 4 CIMS, AM Shifters geared for ~5fps/~12fps

  • Lift: 2 BB550s, Custom Spur Gearbox (Cim-Sim/Toughbox internals), 2" Rollers w/ Black Roughtop Grooves, 1/4" Clear Round Urethane Belt, Back Opens Pnuematically To Become a Hopper

  • Shooter: 2 FP 0673s, Custom Spur Gearbox, (2) 6" Colsons, Two Position Pnuematic Adjustable Hood

  • Bridge Manipulator: Single large bore Pnuematic, 4" Colson Wheel

  • Balance Manipulator: A single large bore pnuematic with a ball castor (added for CTR)

Drive Team

  • Base Driver: Tim Entwistle (Senior)

  • Operator: Niral Patel (Senior)

  • Human Player: Finian O' Connor (Freshman)

  • Coach: Josh Miller (Mentor)

Achievements

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2012 achievements

The Game 

The 2012 Competition was Rebound Rumble

See our 2012 stats at The Blue Alliance

Logomotion 2011 - Talyn

Fourth Year of Fitch Robotics; Second Year of the Aluminum Falcons

The preseason leading up to the 2011 game, Logomotion, was a groundbreaking one for the Aluminum Falcons; substantial funding was in place for the first time ever, extremely talented students were being drawn to the team, and several mentors with years of FIRST Robotics experience hopped on board. All the ingredients were there to make the 2011 robot a powerhouse.

A Word of Thanks to Talyn: Not only did 2011's Talyn do everything that was asked of it, but also it required nearly zero maintenance throughout the entire season. From software to hardware, this machine ran like an aluminum dream through 5 events and countless hours of driver training. It more than exceeded its fabricators' expectations. Building this robot gave the team the boost of confidence and direction that it so desperately needed. 

Robot Design

  • The objective was to build a robot which could place tubes at all levels, score in autonomous, deploy a minibot, and hold its own ground when up against the competition. Talyn is the robot that could; it's the robot that does it all. It plays every aspect of the game, and it plays them well. At the WPI regional our Alliance needed a robot that could play defense, and our skilled drive team showed everyone how it should be done. At the Northeast Utilities Connecticut Regional and Battlecry@WPI 12, Talyn was 100% successful scoring in autonomous mode.

  • Chassis: 0.090" Sheetmetal Construction for Drivetrain and Tower Supports

  • Drivetrain: 4CIM Motors, 6 Wheel Drive, 2 speed transmission (5fps/11fps)

  • Superstructure: 1 Fisher Price Motor, 2 Stage 80/20 Linear Lift, ~1.5s Floor To Score

  • Manipulator: Pnuematic Claw, 3 Position Pnuematic Shoulder

  • Minibot Deployment: Pnuematic To Lineup, Pnuematic Release Surgical Tubing Slingcart

  • Minibot: Direct Drive ~1.2s contact of pole to trigger (2 Pole Style Mount)

Drive Team

  • Base Driver: Tim Entwistle (Junior)

  • Operator: Niral Patel (Junior)

Achievements

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2011 achievements

The Game

The 2011 Competition was LogoMotion

See our 2011 stats at The Blue Alliance

Breakaway 2010 - Al Falcon

Third Year of Fitch Robotics; First Year of the Aluminum Falcons

The 2010 Season marked a major re-branding for FIRST Team 2168. This was the year in which our current name, "The Aluminum Falcons," was conceived.

Robot Design

  • The 2010 Robot was built mostly out of the standard kit of parts issued to all teams. It featured a 4 wheel drive, with a CIM motor powering each wheel. The Andymark C-base was taken apart and reassembled inside a custom housing fabricated by our sponsor, Hillery Company. This design lowered Al Falcon's center of gravity and increased its stability as it drove over the bumps on the Breakaway field. 

  • The robot featured a kicking mechanism which was powered by stretched surgical tubing. A winch pulled the kicker back to reset.  The kicker was released by disengaging the winch gears with an excentric cam. We were occasionally successful in scoring a goal during the autonomous period, but without a mechanism to hold a ball while driving, scoring during play was difficult.

  • Al Falcon's real success came from its "Elevation" apparatus. This design evolved through input from the entire team. A long fiberglass sail batten was loaded in a curled position at the start of the game. When the end game began, the batten was released. The two carabiners fixed at the end of the batten (and sometimes just one of them) would hook the bar, and then a Banebot motor would winch in the 4mm Perlon line, lifting the robot above platform height. With low-scoring games being common that year, the elevation bonus points often would win the game.

Drive Team

  • Base Driver: Tom Rowland (Senior)

  • Operator: Josh Hohlfelder (Senior)

  • Human Players: Rachael Kokomoor (Senior), William Wang (Senior), Jenn Chan (Senior)

  • Coach: Brian Chidley (Head Coach)

Achievements

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2010 achievements

The Game

The 2010 Competiton was Breakaway 

See our 2010 stats at The Blue Alliance

Lunacy 2009 - Gyrobot

Second Year of Fitch Robotics; Third Year of the Cyber Falcons

The last year of the Cyber Falcons, but a highly competitive year.

Robot Design

  • The 2009 FRC game, Lunacy, was played on a slick surface and robot wheels were required to be made of hard plastic. Because of these features in the game, our team thought we should focus on making a maneuverable robot. We hoped to do so by installing a gyro on the robot which would allow us to use what we knew about conservation of angular momentum to improve our robots ability to turn on the field. Implementing this feature required numerous prototypes in an effort to improve the performance of the design. Ultimately a simple flywheel with single axis tilt control was used. 

Drive Team

  • Base Driver: Anthony Tadros (Senior)

  • Operator: Tim Chesnut (Senior)

  • Human Player: Zack Nado (Freshman)

  • Coach: Varied

Achievements

Visit our Awards page to find out more about our 2009 achievements

The Game

The 2009 Competition was Lunacy

See our 2009 stats at The Blue Alliance

Overdrive 2008 - Overbot

First Year of Fitch Robotics; Second Year of the Cyber Falcons

Robot Design

  • Due to a lack of funding the team barely had the resources to fabricate a robot with a rotatable, extendable, and retractable arm. The intention of the arm's design was to allow the robot to knock balls off of the Overpass bracket. This allowed our robot to play primarily defensive and aim to block the opposing alliance from placing their balls on the overpass. The robot was programmed with EasyC, an easy, drag-and-drop programming interface with a steady learning curve.

Drive Team

  • Base Driver: N/A

  • Operator: N/A

  • Human Player: N/A

  • Coach: N/A

The Game

The 2008 Competition was Overdrive

See our 2008 stats at The Blue Alliance

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