Hello. My team has recently considered commencing the construction of a cheap, very cheap field. I have read the field specifications and low cost field instructions and am aware of the materials needed.
i would like to ask if anyone here know about how much the wood required for construction of the perimeter would cost.
Also, the amount of tile needed for the field costs about $190, if sold by VEX. Does anyone know about any foam tiles that can be purchased for a cheaper price, but keep mostly similar to the official tiles.
Third, I saw the model provided by the field construction pdf, and this question arose: how much would the wood plus the pvc tubes used for the construction of all the goals cost?
If anyone has attempted to construct a field for any competition on a short budget, I would like to hear about how much the whole thing costs.
Anyone know if the cheap field will mate ok with the “expensive” full gateway game field elements. I.e. I assume the gateway kit is built to interface with the 2 in PVC rather than the 1 in PVC. Is it hopeless or duct tape doable?
You can drill holes in the walls for the side goals. The gates for the isolation zones will be a problem. I don’t think that the sides will hold up to the twisting force of the heavy lifting that goes on. The center goal should not be a problem since it sits on the floor and is anchored by the black divider.
So it should be good for practice, but not for an event.
You all are thinking too expensive!!! When we first started out, we didn’t pause and wait for tiles and wood. We measured and used blue masking tape to draw a feild with only a 30",a 20", and a 11.5" goal. And look at us now!
Now that regional tournaments are done, why don’t you talk to your local tournament organizers? They have full fields and more than enough game objects, and they’d probably be happy to let you borrow a field. We’re currently borrowing a field from MSU’s tournament organizers for $0.00.
Before regional tournaments were finished, we had a real 30" goal, wood and PVC 11.5" and 20" goals, 8 balls and 8 barrels, plus a few tiles. We found that our school’s paper recycling boxes made great 30" goals, and that our youngest team member functioned as a good low-cost goal-holder while we were testing our autonomous. It might’ve been shabby, but we still qualified for Worlds, so we’re happy.
For my cheap field I just used a few 1x8’s as the perimeter of the field. The goals were harder, but I found a simple solution. If you just use concrete footer tubes (Available from Lowe’s in 8 inch diameter) and cut them to the right lengths, they work great! They’re cheap, easy to cut, and durable!