Fallen Cones?

I’ve been looking a lot at how people have built their intakes - and very few had the ability to pick up cones that had fallen. We haven’t been able to really see if this happens a lot. So with your experience in competition or when you are practicing; how often do cones fall and do u think its important in this year’s game? Thanks in advance,

The farthest I’ve gotten to thinking about this is to probably just put a hook on whatever claw design I end up going with. All the cones have that open part at the top, and once you can stand them up with that it’s really easy to grab them with the claw. It’ll get farther developed as the season goes on, but right now I’m concentrating on getting a functioning robot done.

@536 Xavier Robotics thanks for the reply. I understand all teams will be aiming to get a robot done first. The main point of this Q was to ask people that had been to competitions how often cones actually fall over. Rare or common?

So my team (Exothermic - 10C) went to a competition and in my experience, cones fell over, but nobody was really concerned about them. This was because most of the successful robots at the competition only went for the mobile goals, or if they did stack cones, there were only a couple (6 max) so they didn’t really care about the ones that did fall over. This is obviously because it’s early season, but it’s what I’ve seen so far. Right now tipped cones are unimportant, but they’ll probably be crucial later on in the season.

@ShauryaV7 I was wondering the same; later in the season will the ability to pick fallen cones be the difference between winning and not ?

in my opinion fallen cones arent going to be a big issue this season. my team and i noticed that a simple hook attach to our prototype claw works well. the hook placed on the bottom also allows clamp like claws to 1) flip the cone over 2) almost at the same time you should be able to pick up the cone as you flip the cone over

If you look at 1970K’s reveal, you’ll see a hook made of two small one bys at the back of the claw to help pull cones upright. If you’re looking for an easy and passive way to upright cones, this would be a rather good fix. It’s hard to tell whether or not it will be super necessary, but being able to quickly right fallen cones may give you a leg up on some teams.


@popcorn24 and @allalex these are both really interesting ideas. @popcorn24 i don’t really understand how your idea works; could you explain further/ post a pic. thanks,