And so it begins...
The first step was to get our application form submitted before getting down to some serious planning.
The three of us have sat down and discussed what we've done well and not so well previously, and in doing so we've identified a number of areas that we need to improve on.
The big plan (at this stage, likely to change a number of times during the build)
- Testing, we need to make a lot more time for testing.
- Never take for granted how much (little) time we have left to finish.
- Ditch the idea of tracks and use bigger wheels, tracks gave us lots of grip when we used them in 2018, but things tend to get stuck in between the tracks and the drive wheels, causing the tracks to become detached.
- Increase ground clearance but without pushing the center of gravity up too much. Our plan has always been to build a robot as compact as possible, so simply piling components on top of each other is something we aim to avoid.
- Stick with the articulated steering, it takes a while to get it tuned correctly, but when you do it does make the robot handle pretty well at high speed.
- Make the wiring harness even more bespoke, we bought the tool for crimping Dupont terminals last year, to enable us to get connecting cables just the right length, but the wiring was still not as neat as I would have liked it.
- More testing, then GOTO line 8
- More testing, then GOTO line 7
So, where are we so far in the 2020 Pi Wars build?
Well, at this stage we're picking over 'neatly organised' pile of components and parts from the 2019 build and deciding what gets reused, redesigned or redistributed to a storage box. *Disclaimer: It will almost certainly change a lot and many times during the build, so it's extremely unlikely to look like this when "finished".
We'll continue to keep you all updated as the build progresses.