well this would be easy to reverse engineer anyway, anti-slip mat for grip, cut a 25 square bar in half and then bend it and add the anti-slip mat and then take a 5x15 plate cut that in half and add the gears then use standoffs to put it all together
It is FTC legal and you don’t have to use it. For a new team maybe this will allow them to focus more on the rest of their robot. Sometimes it’s better to buy and off the shelf part instead of making your own.
Why does the claw have springs that keep it closed? The instructions said that I can use either motor module or servo module to open and close the claw but I think that servo modules won’t work because they rotate about 90 degrees in either direction - not enough to open the claw all the way.
These springs provide some gripping force on whatever object is in the claw. This allows the claw to continue gripping even after power is cut to the motor. This means the claw can grip objects without constantly “stalling” the motor.
As previously mentioned, these springs can be removed. (Though I really don’t know why anyone would want to remove them.)
The servo can be used to actuate the claw, but it won’t open all the way. The claw is still functional with a reduced range of motion.
I’m not sure if it could do it “as is”.
You could very easily modify the fingers of the claw into a “hook shape” which would lock around the goal pipe.
Basically, you would need to design it such that when you pull on the goal, instead of opening up, the claw grips tighter. This is not as difficult as it sounds. In this situation, the spring isn’t important.