We are having an issue in building the robot that works with the game. In going to competitions, it seems most are using similar parts (pneumatic shooter, 4-inch wheels for disc shooter, smaller wheels for intake, etc). Because the parts are all similar, so are the components used to make them and a lot of the ones we are looking to add to our robot are out of stock. We 3D printed an adapter to use one of the big spinners for a tournament. In consecutive weeks, our robot was allowed to use them (they never checked or asked), but our MS team was not allowed to because the parts are deemed as functional.
If we can’t make the parts and they are not in stock, what are people using to build a robot that can compete with the same game elements as the top teams in every tournament, but without using the same components?