My team has tried to simplify design throughout their robot and in doing so, for lack of better words, they take on some risks of not having structures that can take some heavier physical impact in games. For example, their tray was thinned down and while it seems to function to their liking, I have concerns over breakage upon heavy physical impacts it may encounter in games. Given their reluctance to strengthen the design/build, my next suggestion would be to ask them to be prepared when things break. For example, have replacement parts ready for all potentially susceptible parts of the robot.
Now my real question:
- do you prepare replacement parts for your robots? If yes, to what level? Eg: have parts for the whole tray available, or just pre-cut parts for exactly where things may break …etc? I guess there may be the argument of swapping out assembly is quicker than replacing a smaller component of an assembly.
- do you cut parts needed on the fly in a tournament? what are your experiences in terms of challenges you encounter in fixing your robot in a tournament?