You were definitely one of the top teams in engineering. Your robot had some really cool stuff on it and it looked like there was a lot of hours put in. I enjoyed talking with you even though we couldn’t alliance. Good luck with Skyrise!
You guys were awesome. Congratulations on your success, it would have been a fun alliance had things worked out that way.
2131C has always been an awesome team and it was a shame our alliance didn’t make it farther. I felt we all had extreme potential as an alliance (the autonomous opportunities between the three of us were insane) and had Floyd not been hit so hard by the motor testing, we could have made it much farther.
Floyd II weighed in at 23 lbs with a four motor drive chained 1:1.25 (with 100 RPM motors). Although we worked perfectly with strong motors and charged batteries, if anything was amiss we were extremely susceptible to overheating.
Although this is a story for another day, I will say with confidence that our World’s alliance would have done much better had the motor testing not weakened us so much. We put in hundreds of hours refining our programming routines and when our motors were moving so much slower than usual (I would say 75%, if not half-speed) the majority of our routines were rendered useless. We used a full sensor package and took advantage of every port on the Cortex, but in some situations we simply didn’t complete the routine in time.
Our weight was an issue, but cautious driving and constant maintenance allowed us to pull it off. It is a shame we were eliminated by factors outside of our control.
I can definitely see your gentle driving style in US open. Did you use lubricate on your base? I guess that your gear ratio should be able to handle your weight pretty well. I remember discussion about 1103, about 20 lbs robot with 160 rpm drive.
Probably it is due to your mecanum wheel rollers, is it possible that they cause additional friction?
The drive had slight friction, however it was lubricated and relatively efficient. It could have been better, however it was pretty good. I give it an 8/10.
You are too kind!
With 100% honesty, 6966A and B are some of the fastest and most dangerous competitors we’ve ever seen. There was significant pre-Worlds discussion about what would have been possible had we ended up in the same division. We will greatly enjoy next year’s competitions :D.
Thank you! To be honest, you can get just about anything to work with four motors and insanely torqued up ratios :p. I see stability being a much larger problem in Skyrise than ratios. This means a lot coming from UVM and a former 4886A member.
The 231 teams are some of the most aggressive teams I’ve ever seen and we had played against them 3 times over the course of the month before State. Knowing how they played and how when a tower is capped almost no team can resist it, that maneuver was 100% intentional and had been discussed and used earlier in the season. We believe strong coaching and strategy is just as important as any other part of the game.
The real kudos should go to 231B for putting up such a fight 1v2.
I’ll also add that this was the only time our High hang failed (failure does not include running out of time) the entire season. We accidentally unplugged the solenoid while removing our line sensors (They had been scraping on the bump, we fixed this for Nationals and Worlds).
Hi, we remember you guys! You had a good robot and we enjoyed competing against you. It was a strong match.
Thanks again, it was a pleasure to alliance with you guys. The Open had some of the best matches there were and was definitely my personal favorite competition.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing a powerhouse VexU team out of Wisconsin next year, right?
This was actually a small mistake we made earlier on and never corrected. That would be one of the things we would fix if we rebuilt and improved this robot for some reason.
It doesn’t really matter as the C-Channels are relatively strong and shouldn’t take noticeable damage from competition, however on the plane flight back from the US Open, the TSA badly bent some of these lift bars. To anyone who builds a scissor and plans to ship it on a plane, Put cushion between the Tiers!!
So basically, yes, the other configuration (What you’re thinking of as normal) would be the best solution.