So in theory I’d like to see this. In practice, the corner pins don’t have enough grip to attach to the metal. You need to put the corner connector through the metal and then capture the pins with either a 1x2, the thicker plastic washers/bushings or a paid of the rubber shaft collars.
I think that allowing full catalog of IQ legal parts in VRC will give builders a very nice engineering challenge at the minimal cost. It could be a win-win situation for everyone, including students considering transitioning from IQ into VRC.
I would rather see nimble lightweight robots presenting strong competition via careful design and strategy, rather than everybody gravitating to bulky designs maxing out on all available sources of power!
Also, while we are at it, please, bring back motor penalty for pneumatics (i.e. minus one motor per each air tank).
The primary goal of the game is always to challenge students with meaningful tradeoffs so they could develop their engineering design skills, and introduction of (fragile) lightweight IQ parts gives it one more interesting dimension.
The plastic allowance already does that. With careful cutting, you can cut polycarbonate into most structural pieces.
For more tradeoffs, I feel like a maximum weight would be more realistic. You could have a powerful, but not very complex robot, or you could have a robot that has many systems but as a result can’t use as much structure.
And EPs need to buy a weighing scale that can accommodate an 18" by 18" robot… As well as the requirement to have a brain for the smart control system. Inspection takes long enough as it is. Don’t add an unnecessary element
-remove 1/8 min thickness of string
-nylon/aluminum screws back
-3d printing (well maybe not next year, preferably the year after that as that would let teams take time to prepare- buying 3d printers, etc)
-5.5w smart motors
Q&A said this was on purpose so I doubt that they will change it in the future. In my opinion, they should follow the suggestions of that Q&A with the added clause that the process used to seal the rope must solely prevent fraying.
Fair point. This is why I specifically mentioned thermoplastic ropes (even if they want to specify the common thermoplastic ropes that are commonly heat-sealed). An easy way to avoid ‘strategic’ melting would be to limit melting to a length of 1 diameter at each end.