Answered: Potentially damaging components (<R3>)

I am looking for clarification on parts A and B of <R3>.

<R3> The following types of mechanisms and components are NOT allowed:
a. Those that could potentially damage playing field components.
b. Those that could potentially damage other competing robots.
c. Those that pose an unnecessary risk of entanglement.

What constitutes a mechanism which could potentially damage the field or another robot?

Would a robot with a particularly powerful drive or lift be in violation of this rule?

Example: A 25:1 four motor lift capable of breaking the trough and a 3:1 torque 6 motor drive base which could break another robot if it were not solidly built.

If there was a question of violating this rule, as in the previous example, would the offending team only be disqualified if they actually damaged the field or another robot, or fail inspection for having the potential to do so?

In short, would this robot be disqualified even if it did not damage the field or another robot, simply because it could potentially do so if it made an attempt?

No, absolutely not. This rule is mainly intended to prevent teams from having Robots with sharp parts, or parts that could mark up playing field components.

Thank you Karthik for such a clear answer!

You’re welcome!