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Unread 01-08-2003, 04:40 PM
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What happens if your robot doesn't pass inspection?

What happens if your robot doesn't pass inspection?
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Your not allowed to compete until you've rectified whatever prevented you from passing inspection. That means that you then have to go in for another inspection... and another... and another... until you get everything right.
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You go back to the pits and work your butt off to meet inspection...
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so you can modify at last secound to fit inspection. thank god! Sorry im a rookie. i have only watch competitions the last 7 years though lol.
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a little advice - build your robot underweight. it took us two hours to loose two pounds last year. the scale you have could be a little off.
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Inspection "What If"

I have been an inspector at several competitions for FIRST.

Easy answer: If you do not pass inspection you will not compete in the competition. Every effort will be made to get you to understand the needed changes so you can play.


Many veteran teams will jump in and give assistance, all you have to do is ask. Keep checking with the inspectors, they want you to pass, but with a safe, legal machine.

Bottom line: Your robot must be "Legal" and meet all the requirements that the other robots have met.
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mike thanks

and also it should be fun this year
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Plan ahead and don't be afraid to ask for help

In my experence, most inspection failures result from either weight, size(forgetting about that last fastener or appendage), or not following the construction rules before the competitions.

Make sure you follow the wiring rules and check your Bill of Materials against both the actual robot and the approved list of materials. That seems to be the best way to avoid ever failing inspection.

If you do fail and need help passing, virtually everyone at the competition will gladly assist you in making repairs. That is one of the most awesome things about the FIRST community.
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Don't ground the mounting screws on your light. This cost my team an hour last year.

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And also don't forget to give yourself around 5-10 pounds of weight when you ship it off because you can always add more weight for traction during the competition but it is a pain to try to get off even 3-4 pounds at the competition. Also take into account the width of the nuts and bolts, because if you make your robot exactly 30x36, your nuts/bolts/screws or whatever will make it 30.5" x 36.5", which means you can't compete
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