First Robotics 2017

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The 2017 Robotics competition officially started on January 7th. This year’s theme is Steamworks, the game explanation can be watched through the video attached.

Arduino Zero Timer / PWM Direct Access Notes

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If you want to access the timer or PWM outputs more direct style here are some helpful links: Link to google docs explaining the PWM pins and their associated timers used on V1.0 of our microbot PCB    Arduino forum … Continued

Microbot 2016 Software/Firmware Setup

Install Arduino IDE Follow this guide to add the Adafruit board manager to the IDE Install the Adafruit SAMD board profile In the Arduino IDE Tools Menu > Board > Boards Manager > search for SAMD > Install “Adafruit SAMD Boards” … Continued

Microbot Mechanical Design Guide

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Wheels: Outer Diameter: 10.6mm Thickness: 2mm O-ring groove diameter: 1.8mm O-ring groove inner diameter: 9mm Center mounting hole:  2mm diameter – ideally with .5mm D cut or wheel may spin on shaft Chassis:  Starting Body Extrusion: 19mm width, 23.5mm length, 16mm height Top … Continued

Past Graduates

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Team 1056 Hot Rocks Waiakea High School Hilo, Hawaii     2013              Paul Heinzen – Electrical Engineer – BYU – Provo Sean Fujiyoshi – Electrical Engineer – University of Portland Cassie Kuwahara – Mechanical Engineer – University of Portland … Continued

3D printer computer upgrades

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We have a new laptop to run the 3D printer which replaces a 10 year old desktop computer that was on its last legs. Printing a test boat model here to make sure the software transition worked properly.  

HIRA Summer 2016 Registration Forms

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Waiakea HS Robotics Program Brochure 2016 Brochure also includes instructions and mailing address. Waiakea HS HIRA Application Form 2016 Please fill the form out and mail with payment to: Dale Olive Hawaii Island Robotics Academy 155 West Kawili Street Hilo, HI 96720 … Continued

Timing Belt Design Information

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Timing belts can be great at moving power around, and changing speed/torque from source to destination. They can also be tricky to work with. The standard belt size used on FIRST robots is 5M-HTD 15mm wide belt The_World_of_Timing_Belts – This design … Continued

Microbot Motor Control

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#define MOTOR_R_DIR 5 // Right motor direction pin #define MOTOR_R_SPD 9 // Right motor speed pin – apply PWM signal (analog out) to this pin #define MOTOR_L_DIR 6 #define MOTOR_L_SPD 10 #define FWD 0 // 0 = forward in our … Continued

WS2811 RGB Light Strips

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The WS281X series light strips are great for creative lighting. The strips have individually addressable LEDs which can be programmed through software such as arduino. You’ll need to download libraries for the chips that are on the LEDs in order … Continued

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First Robotics 2017

The 2017 Robotics competition officially started on January 7th. This year’s theme is Steamworks, the game explanation can be watched through the video attached. READ MORE

Microbot Mechanical Design Guide

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Wheels: Outer Diameter: 10.6mm Thickness: 2mm O-ring groove diameter: 1.8mm O-ring groove inner diameter: 9mm Center mounting hole:  2mm diameter – ideally with .5mm D cut or wheel may spin on shaft Chassis:  Starting Body Extrusion:... READ MORE