The Robots
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February 8, 2014
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side view of our robot
This is our 2011-2012
robot, the
TA11-M0CHA.  It just fits
within the 18-inch sizing
box required at FTC
tournaments.
It is made out of TETRIX
components as well as
many custom-cut parts of
aluminum and plastic.  It
also features a holonomic
drive.
Here is the back view of
our robot.  We used tank
treads to create a
racquetball harvester.  The
treads carry a ball up to the
top of the bot and release it
into a plastic chute.  The
chute can then be tipped to
release collected balls into
a basket.
This is the front of the
gripper assembly resting in
its lowest position.  It is
retracted into the robot in
this photo.  This is how we
keep it within the 18-inch
This is the front of the
maximum dimension
requirement.  The gripper
requirement.  The gripper
can be deployed outwards
to grab and stack crates.
Please allow time
for the video to the
left to load.
It shows our robot
autonomous mode.
The robot did very
well in autonomous
at our last qualifier
and at State.
2012-2013
2011-2012
2013-2014
We are very proud of our robots here at Cafe Bot!  We had a
real journey with our robot for the 2013-2014 "Block Party"
season.  Our first robot was really cool, with a robust,
award-winning design, but it didn't play the game well.  So, we
decided to shoot for the moon, learn from our mistakes and
build a totally new robot halfway through our season!  We called
our aggressive robot redesign and rebuild effort "Ri5D:  Robot
in 5 Days!"
 You can read more about this adventure in
engineering on our team blog:  www.cafebot.org.

Photos of our two "Block Party" robots are below, as well as our
Ri5D campaign flyer.

Ri5D has turned out to be a HUGE success!  Our new robot,
Fluttershy, is working beautifully and was
undefeated in all of
our matches
at the UMKC qualifier in Kansas City, Missouri on
February 1, 2014!  Now we are getting ready for the state
championship!
Robot #2, Fluttershy
Robot #1, Iron Will

the way to the 2012-2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS last
season!  This photo was taken right after the Missouri State
Championship...he had quite the overhaul before Worlds!