I wouldn’t say against all odds… it clearly worked fine. It just wasn’t the most common thing. I wasn’t in ITZ but I have seen plenty of the intake from their itz photo album. Plus, that doesn’t discount whatever meta it was (the normal rollers??) that had been discovered early season. The thing is you kind of need some sort of obstacle to spur innovation in the way we are talking about. I am referring to being able to keep the stack in TT while towering. There is no similar problem this year that I know of. The game is achievable the way we have things right now. For me, it seems as if the main changes will just be ratios and efficiency. Don’t forget about programming either.
Ethan do you have some alternate design?
Do you believe it will be quite a bit better than the current design?? For example I don’t really see any reasons to fundamentally change something like the motor distribution or the purpose of what each motor is used for.
There are a several passive mechanisms you can make this year that will make a significant impact on multiple key features of the game and more options for motor/power distribution than people seem to think
I wouldn’t deny you can have a 6m hoodbot, I am questioning why you would want to do that. I don’t see a huge amount of value in extra mechanisms right now because unless you want some sort of special defensive piece, there isn’t much I think you would want to sacrifice the simplicity of a normal 8m design for.
Yes I am interested in what you guys are able to make.
Ethan what do you mean by power distribution?
Also when the only actions are scoring and descoring I am curious what could be made passive and what choices this would provide.
Yeah, when I made a spindexer CAD it could hold 6 easily with a 7th in the intakes, and possibility of an 8th in the flywheel. Not to mention the same sitting abilities as a trapdoor while keeping the opponent’s ball in the robot
Its not actually that. Its similar to a hopper with a middle stirrer that moves the balls around in a circle. A bunch of FRC teams (such as 1690, 148, 254, 33, and 1619 to name a few) used them this past season. Paired with a vision sensor it could sort balls to be scored.