I’m a designer on a team of 5; my current job only involves documenting all of the captain/builder’s work in the design book (as I’ve noticed in other teams, the builder usually does most of the designing). I’m fine with that, but I feel like for some judged awards, and maybe in terms of having a build that goes above and beyond, this system limits us because:
Many of our robot’s subsystems and sensor utilizations are similar to that of hundreds of other teams’ subsystems
I can barely understand how our robot is put together, making me less credible during judging
I don’t have very good building sense, and have worked with the builder many times to try building a popular subsystem (4-bar, claw, etc), but it’s nearly impossible for me to build off of other people’s work and extensive research; I find it’s easier to identify my own challenges and goals, and then pursue my own route, coming up with a new concept with little inspiration.
I’m not a great builder (I can’t tighten a nyloc to save my life), but I’d really like to contribute quality ideas and make our robot better, and make it, well, ours.
Are there any teams out there that have a designer and builder that work together well, or anybody else that could give me advice on how to design in a way that supports the role of our builder?