Specific Tool Name

Hey Guys,

I’ve heard of this tool before but I can’t remember the name. The tool is a tool that teams use to line up their robot before they begin autonomous to make sure that their robot is in the perfect position to make sure that their code works according to their plan…

Thanks guys!!

A mesureing tape?

A brain?
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What is a jig, Alex?


Actually it’s exactly as it sounds. A line-up tool. Build it out of c-channels to whatever specifications you need and use it.


Distance sensors and odometry?

NGL I think this is the only wrong answer here. Unless people are parking their bots in the corner and using odometry to move to their starting position lol.


NGL i dont think you what you’re talking about lol.

Use the distance sensors to find your starting position and move accordingly relative this information.

Distance sensors can be very inaccurate at times. If they work for you then that’s great, but they may not work well for everyone else. From my experience, having an alignment tool/consistent starting position has worked better than having the robot figure out its starting position with a distance sensor.

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We found a speed square to be very useful for lining up robots

Way easier for us to keep track of where it is because it has a catchy name and has simple edges.


You’re right!!!

Thanks so much

In TiP I used separate field tiles from my home field with tape on them to position the wheels

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I call it a cheese… because it’s usually shaped like a triangle. My team usually build’s them out of c channel.


Thanks so much!!
I was at the VA states competition and I saw a team using it but didn’t know what it was called, so thanks!

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If you have a photo… Can I see?
Thx <3

We don’t have any right now but if we do build one I’ll post a photo of it.

Yes, most teams build it out of metal or other materials. My team personally used VEX cardboard because it was easier to cut/use, but metal would be better in the long run due to its strength/resistance to bending.

Here is a good (albeit low quality) example of one used by 7258A during Turning Point Worlds. They used it to have an extremely competitive 4 high flag auton and made it to the overall finals in the Dome.



Our team does the same. :person_shrugging: :laughing:


I did see one at the VA state Competition. Thanks so much!