Grounding Robots Legal?

Would using some copper wire sourced from a 2 wire extension, 393, etc be legal to use as a grounding to the foam by dragging the copper on the ground? Robots are building massive static, even with staticide so i beleive this is a real concern

Disassembling VEX wire for this or any purpose is prohibited by <R16a>:

Motors (including the internal PTC or Smart Motor firmware), microcontrollers (including V5
Robot Brain firmware), extension cords, sensors, controllers, battery packs, reservoirs,
solenoids, pneumatic cylinders, and any other electrical component or pneumatics
component of the VEX EDR platform may NOT be altered from their original state in ANY
way.

Further discussion of the general idea you describe took place in this recent thread. It’s not clear that doing something like this, even without violating <R16> or any other rule, would reduce static buildup on your robot, since the foam tiles are neither electrically conductive nor connected to ground.

If you are experiencing particular problems with static buildup on your robot, you can try applying anti-static spray to your wheels as described in this thread from a previous season’s Q&A.

Yeah i guess you are right about the wire. Grounding to the foam is a weird thing, it shouldnt work but when a sister team of ours tried the wire trick, static jumped to the copper and charred it so i dont know lol. But thanks for the response anyhow

please don’t revive old topics. It creates clutter on everyone’s forum feed.

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