Friday evening, my team gathered to run some skills runs and get an idea of field timing. To do this, we needed a full field set so i inflated 8 brand new large balls to the perfect size. no small, no larger. Following all suggested steps, the large balls were properly inflated and used for 3 full runs. No punctures or scratches were reported after looking at all 8 balls very carefully. This morning, when i arrived to do some programming, i noticed that 5 balls looked identical to how I left them on Friday night however 3 large balls have deflated. there are no apparent leaking points (cant hear air escaping). Any ideas what may have happened? has anyone witnessed similar problems? It reminds me of when a balloon shrivels up. that’s what they look like but the other ones are not like that.
Thanks all. As far as another thing i noticed goes, bucky balls become quite soft over time. They are kept in room temperature with no heats or any strange situations. They arrived very hard (non-compressible) and now there are certain parts of the bucky ball that are still rather hard but other areas where you can effortlessly compress the ball and push in. Anyone else notice this?
Agreed. i doubt that they will reach the point where intake will change but i must say that ive used these current bucky’s (we rotate through them so they all wear down evenly as we have extra…) for about 2 weeks of practice (really isnt that much time when we dont practice more than half our of actual driving every night.) and they are already quite soft in spots so i predict that when four robots are always moving the bucky’s around for a 7+ hour day (and ESPECIALLY WORLDS), the balls will become VERY soft. Do the feilds swap out scoring objects frequently at worlds to keep them in tip-top shape (im also assuming they rotate through big balls so they can re-inflate some) similar to an umpire giving a pitcher a new baseball during a baseball game? This could help keep scoring objects as close to their starting properties as possible…