Biggest mysteries on your vex team?

If you work with computers for long enough this belief will morph into a full-blown belief in demonic possession.

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It is definitely some really thin sheet of gold of some other gold like material(or paint who knows). But the [gold] is definitely not what gives it its strength and stripping resistance. The heads of the screw was just made with a much harder substance than the normal screwdrivers.

Fyi these screw driver are really cheap, like less than a dollar more expensive than normal vex screwdrivers

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During our ITZ season we were running our skills program and our second attempt we lined it up a little off and it screwed up. It still got the general pattern right it was purely alignment. For the the third attempt we line it up again and without making any changes we start the program and it takes off backwards ramming into my knee. We went to the practice field and tried it a few times and it worked fine. I still have no idea what that was.

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That gold coating is usually titanium nitride, a super hard, very slippery coating that can be electroplated onto many metals.

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These wrenches work really well and although they are not cheap we get a set for each team and they last several years if you don’t lose them. https://www.integy.com/st_main.html?p_catid=401

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Our team had bought about 20 of both 5/64th and 3/32 hextools and now we have about two of each left.

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Was your robot’s drive using encoders? If so the program might have started before the encoders got their first reading and sent the bot backwards. This happened in TP where our robot would lift the lift all the way up at the start of auton for no apparent reason and drive full speed forward, full brake, and fall over.

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Uhh, you might be talking abt this: https://www.robosource.net/hex-drive-tools/104-bondhus-ball-end-driver.html
It says its only “coated” with gold.
And supposedly, its meant to “prevent rusting through oxidation”

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Last year, our team started out with about 30 different screwdrivers. One day we come in and 15 are missing. Everybody is understandably confused and we wasted 30 minutes looking for them. We come to the conclusion that another team borrowed them or something. Fast forward 3 months, and one person on the team drops a screw under our table. They pick it up and then start laughing. Taped to the underside of the table are 14 of the missing screwdrivers. Apparently someone on our team got bored and taped them underneath the table and forgot about them. We still haven’t found the last missing one.

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why do we constantly need to buy more screws and nuts?
we don’t destroy these parts, they don’t get used up, we should be able to have a constant suplly, but we don’t. Where are they all going?

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Biggest mysteries on our teams:

  1. Where our programmer found that picture of an extra thicc bear
    1.5. Why the thicc bear is so funny
  2. The source that magically releases screws onto the mat every now and then.
  3. Who keeps monopolizing control over the nylon spacers, high-strength inserts, 3/8" screws, etc.
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How we have so many parts except the ones I need

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An overall vex mystery, but why those L shaped shafts with two screw wide holes in them are still being made
Come on vex, cant you make those 4 inch axles or those 5 (or similar) bars that come in the clawbot kit?

We thought we brought a notebook (which was printed out from Google Docs) to a competition, so when we unpacked I (the notebooker who wasn’t in charge of packing or turning in the notebooks) freaked out since states were only a few weeks away. I printed out the whole thing again, which took a few hours. We found the original notebook 4 days before states in a random cabinet under a ton of stuff. Nobody ever confessed to putting it there. :expressionless:

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Where did that 5” long shaft that fell out of our bot come from?

I think I solved this one, your robot. (Don’t worry about it, it’s just weight reduction)

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Update:
We found the last screwdriver. For some reason it was taped to a wall behind the list of banned words.

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So you’re saying that you found the thing behind the whatchamacallit?

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Exactly.
20 characters

umm can you give us some examples?