My team used to have a member who was all about build quality. Parts that weren’t exactly constrained were his sworn enemies, and he would use standoffs wherever possible to ensure that every single part of the robot is precisely and exactly constrained to each other. We didn’t have shoulder screws back then, so standoffs were our best bet.
This was a mixed bag: on one hand, we got to have a top-notch build quality on our robots, but on the other hand, we had to spend two-to-three months on every single build, which didn’t leave us with much time to code auton, do driver practice, etc. We had to pull all-nighters right before every single competition, just to finish the robot.
Seeing how other teams actually have good autons, I’m lead to believe that this isn’t the norm, in more than one way. The existence of good autons denotes, for one, that people don’t take the entire season on building, and for another, that good build quality is achievable without taking too much time.
How do you get good build quality, time-efficiently?