Answered: why can't edr middle school competition 3d print parts that are identical?

My team needs 2 ratchet and pawl systems and we don’t want to have to spend more money. And i can’t 3d print this part because?

You are correct, the rules prohibit 3D printing.

The reason it is prohibited is because we don’t want teams to feel that they need to have a 3D printer to compete in our competitions. If/when the day comes that 3D printers are as ubiquitous in classrooms as a pair of scissors or computers, then we will consider changing these rules.