Illegal Vex Building Technics

Show me some illegal building Technics the judges would instantly disqualify you for.

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I don’t have pictures, but once the morning of a competition I decided to add two motors to the drive. There wasn’t any good way of attaching them quickly so I ended up attaching them with zip ties, worked surprisingly well. Also, in starstruck part of my drive was zip tied together because the nylon screws kept breaking.

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Sharp objects, mechanisms that attack other people, and extra motors.

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Using other plastics on your robot other then the ones mentioned in the rule book . And using decorations as a functional part of your robot is also illegal.

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building with sharp edges:

inspectors: “any sharp edges?”
us: “uh no”
inspector reaches in with hand to test for sharp edges.
inspector pulls out handless arm.
inspector: “I would hand you a file, but you know…”

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wait, did you mean actually illegal building techniques? I thought you were memeing.

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I’m guessing memeing.

Could just be wanting a guide on no no’s for inspection

Like hot glue to keep collars from slipping off?

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Exactly, that’s the post

In regards to me during ITZ, I didnt know that locktite was only legal if used to tighten screws. So I used the strongest locktite as glue to fasten gears on an axle so I didnt need any shaft collars. I regretted not knowing that it was not allowed, but it’s lesson learned and ill never do it again, especially since it was a pain to clean up.

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we used electrical tape in our first year to keep our axles couplers from comming loose

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If a judge disqualifies you as a result of illegal robot construction, something has gone wrong:

  • Judges review your team’s notebook and interview teams for judged awards (excellence, design, etc.)
  • Inspectors inspect your robot
  • Referees oversee matches and enforce gameplay rules
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I’ve gotten used to the confusion between referees and judges.

at our events, referees usually work the inspection area to make sure all is good :slight_smile:

Yeah I’ve never really seen the head referee inspecting but often other refs fill that role

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This is mainly a thread to see what terrible building techniques you can think of

When two gears are slipping, if you need a 1 minute fix, rubber band or ziptie the axles.

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Using the engineering notebook as lexan for the tray, by cutting it in half and welding it using a soldering iron onto the metal even though im not sure if it contains any metal, I’ll have to check its nutrition facts and ingredients.

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