Should Lexan usage be banned?

This is a spin-off thread from this 3D pringing thread which resulted in a fairly lengthy conversation on why Lexan should be deemed as a non-usable resource from @TaranMayer. I have simply moved it over to a new thread to prevent the old one from being heavily derailed.

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lexan should not be banned just because it is useful for different aspects of designs for new games.

  • Allow Lexan
  • Ban Lexan
  • Not Sure

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How about we leave this rule how it is… It has worked very well for the last while…

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yeah lexan isn’t banned. this is just a topic about opinions

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Lexan is litterally the only reason why our robot won states in TT

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There is no reason to ban lexan, most things done with it are done with scissors, and the people who use a cnc machine for it can just cnc an aluminium plate and get the same results but it will look worse

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I don’t think this thread is necessary.

I was speaking about how Connor assumed everyone had access to Lexan cutting, and how he thought that would carry over to 3D printed parts as well. I am not advocating that the rules be changed and Lexan be banned. I’m simply making the point that we shouldn’t go down the road of arguing that we should allow X thing because some people can take advantage of it. There will always be people left behind unfairly. Connor’s reasoning behind why 3D printed parts should be allowed was my main point.

In my ideal world, Lexan wouldn’t be part of the VEX equation. But, that simply wouldn’t be possible to change given all of VEX history. I am not asking the GDC to ban Lexan, I’m saying that if we’re going down the road of allowing things into VRC because they’re more available now than before, that argument

  1. Doesn’t work
    and
  2. Can be applied conversely to other parts
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In my ideal world, Lexan wouldn’t be part of the VEX equation.

Why is this your ideal world?? Wouldn’t your ideal world be one where you have access to a cnc.

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My argument wasn’t about myself. If lexan is allowed (as it is), I would want a CNC. But I’d rather there be no lexan entirely.

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Okay most of us don’t have NASA sugar daddies to give us money. Does that mean we should ban all sponsorships? After all, sponsorships are the main reason why people can afford CNC machines and 3D printing

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Go on.

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I’m still not sure what your argument is. Are you trying to say that since you don’t have a CNC noone should be able to use lexan?

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Sorry for assuming, but you are on FRC team 1290, I find it hard to believe you guys don’t have access to a CNC machine

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Yes

We do not have a CNC machine

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Why does this argument need to be about @TaranMayer 's access to stuff. He is 1 team.

Also my FRC never had a CNC machine…

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The main reason/ goal of VEX Robotics is to introduce or prepare students into an engineering field. Restricting these materials disallows students to expand their creative thinking and ingeniuty, Polycarbonate Sheets (Lexan) is relatively cheap and a great resource material for students to use to think outside of the box. Using polycarbonate can also save time depending on what you are attempting to build. Banning this affordable and useful material seems nonsense since there is a current restriction on the amount of polycarbonate each VRC Teams can use. Referring to the 3D Printing Thread, VRC Teams should be allowed to 3D Print but there should be restrictions.

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is his argument not based on the fact that he doesn’t have a cnc and can’t manipulate lexan like other people which makes him want the banning of lexan?

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I’m getting tired of people not understanding what I’m trying to say, and having to type in 6 places at once to people rebutting me for things that aren’t even my argument. I’m gonna stop typing now because this isn’t going anywhere. I’ve said my point enough.

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In a lot of cases restricting available resources actually increases creative thinking. But I agree with you on everything else :slight_smile:

You’re right. It isn’t. But I don’t think that you need a CNC to use Lexan to provide similar benefits to lexan that was CNC’d

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