2010 – Seizure

Design Process

The team’s approach at playing Breakaway was very simple, to create a very simple robot that could score soccer balls, cross the bump, and play defense. The end results were nothing short of expectations. Seizure was a unique robot in the sense that it not only played soccer, but also resembled what it was, a goalie. The primary function that Seizure played during a match was blocking offensive robots. For that reason, Seizure was designed to traverse between the two opposing alliance goals at a very high speed.

Naming

Before the season began, students and mentors met to try and come up with a name for the team and robot. The original plan was to come up with both names at once to create a theme for the team. After the team name of Eagle Imperium was decided upon, a student noted out a very famous Roman figure, Julius Ceasar. Sticking with the roman theme, the team twisted “Ceasar” into Seizure, an allusion to the idea that the robot was to shake during a match. The team accomplished the shaking of the robot by installing a rotating kicker that create such a high force that the robot vibrated as it ran.

Through the competition season, the robot took a primarily defensive role, similar to that of a goalie in soccer. The robot donned a net, and as our team competed, many teams began to nickname our robot the “Net-bot.” Before a match, simply mentioning “Net-bot” to alliance member drivers would instantly remind them about which robot we were helping the alliance come up with a strategy for the upcoming match. As a result, members of the team will commonly refer to Seizure as the Net-bot. Yet Net-bot will always remain as an alias to the official name that the team gave to our 2010 robot.

Team 3322's 2010 robot, Seizures

Team 3322’s 2010 robot, Seizure

Robot Specifications

Drive Train

  • 4 CIM Motors
  • 2 Toughboxes
  • 2 8″ Nylon Wheels
  • 2 8″ Plaction Wheels

Kicker

  • 1 CIM Motor
  • DeWalt Custom Planetary Drill Gearbox
  • Design based off of Team 573’s Kicker

Miscellaneous Facts

  • Originally had a kicker that could kick the ball a full field length, but was removed because an upgraded kicker was created after Ann Arbor Districts.
  • Named before the build season started, back in December.
  • Originally had an arm, but was unreliable and uncompleted.
  • Originally planned to be covered in Lexan, but due to weight constraints, net was used in place of the Lexan.