How to Succeed without field

So I have a problem- though I’ve almost got a simple traybot finished (with an extra motor for a two bar if I get time) I currently still don’t have a field- just about a dozen three d printed cubes of various colors, including rainbow. Does anyone have any ideas for how to still be successful without having a field?

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Perhaps by getting some foam tiles from Walmart, as the surface which the robot travels on is very important, you can also get cubes individually from vex

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Yeah, just buy a few tiles and 3-D print some goal zones, if you are doing towers just lookup the height and see if you reach it

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Ok sorry forgot to clarify I do have a full set of foam tiles just no real cubes or towers

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get 36 foam tiles from Walmart that somewhat resemble vex tiles, and then also get 12 ft wooden boards to use as the field perimeter. It may not work perfect but its the cheapest option

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I have some extra towers, where are you located?

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Layton Utah
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One of the vex rule appendices has a how to make a cheap practice field. I’ll link it when I find it.

Edit: Try this - VRC 2019-2020 - Low Cost Field Options Rev2.pdf (176.2 KB)

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Yep hats too far, I’m in Toronto.

If you want driver practice without a field, make a driving course. Set it up with the foam tiles to simulate the way the robot will handle on the field, and set up the course so that it will require you to maneuver in tight spaces. Set up cubes in straight lines to simulate the beginning of the match or in random positions to simulate conditions later in the match. I would personally focus on random positions, as it is more important to have experience in collecting cubes in awkward positions.

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If you have the turning point pipes you can 3-d print the tower cups and base but tbh towers aren’t that important if you have a simple tray. I would def 3d print the goal zones though.

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The field specifications are listed on Vex’s website. This will be your friend, especially in auto. By creating functions that reliably move the robot X inches and turn Y degrees, you can create an auto with the field chart. You can also create a mock field using your 3D printed cubes (and cardboard boxes), and test with that.

Make sure to use any practice fields at competitions. They will let you fix any mistakes and to practice with official pieces.

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I don’t know if this would help but here’s a pic of our turning point field. The perimeter is foldable and we got that from amazon and the tiles were from Costco. We got a solid 6 point auton down with this field. You could do something similar with tower takeover by making the goal zones out of cardboard, the towers out of pvc or some pipe. image

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