Halfway through the first semester of 2017 / 2018 the SSH team is working hard on improving the current robots and to make them ready for a ‘friendly’ match against RoboTeamTwente and of course qualification for the annual RoboCup tournament. This article gives insight in the progress that has been made so far this year.

The kick, chip and dribble modules

A new concept regarding the kick, chip and dribble device has been created by the current mechanical engineers. In this concept the solenoid will use the original plunger and will have 1:1 transmission so it can be used more efficiently. Furthermore the power transfer of gears for the dribbling system will be optimized based on calculations. This concept focusses on the mechanical modularity of the robot while fixing a few minor problems the robot currently has. Research is being done on material choices to increase durability and to prevent rust. The guidance for the kicker system will be simpler and improved by implementing plastic guidance plates.

The hood

Research on a redesign of the hood is currently in progress. The new hood will be stronger and stiffer than the previous plastic hood and therefore will be less prone to bends. The new hoods will fit also better. To be able to use a material that’s strong enough to whitstand the impact of another robot’s shot while also making sure the hood will be light, a triangular structure will be used in the hood. The new hood will also increase the modularity of the robot because the sides are easily removable and the colour code on the top can be changed. The picture below shows the current concept of the new hood.

New Hood Design

Electronics

The electrical engineers have been working on producing all parts needed to complete a full team of robots to be able to compete in the annual RoboCup tournament. Apart from production, the electrical engineers performed research on how to improve the discharge board so it’s compatible with a new and smaller solenoid. Last but not least research is done on how the chargeboard can be modified in order for the system to perform more efficiently.

Additional news

This month, SSH has been featured on EEweb. This is an electrical engineering community website where a lot of different projects and articles are published. If you are interested in electrical engineering projects make sure to check out their website.