Let’s talk about when things go wrong. Sideways. Pear-shaped.
This post is partly spleen-venting, partly commiserating, and partly encouragement to work through obstacles you may encounter.
Things will go wrong. In fact, I’d wager that if nothing went wrong in our build/competition season then we weren’t pushing ourselves enough. Though it does seem like this year has more SNAFUs than average…
We preordered the MAXSwerve from REV. Due to a number of circumstances largely or entirely out of their control the kit delivery was ~3 weeks late. No sense it getting upset at REV about it though. I know that they did everything in their power to make up for the delivery delay, including working over the weekend. We got our kits yesterday, phew, and started assembly.
What can we do when a critical part is delayed? Plan, model, read other OA threads, read the MAXSwerve assembly instructions. Plenty of things to be productive before we had the kits.
We ordered a 3D printer farm before the holidays… but… supply chain, holidays, school purchasing systems, and timezone delays means we don’t have them yet. So I am printing stuff at home, and we are changing our design path to avoid quickly-printed parts.
I chose to have the KoP delivered to us this year instead of having someone drive ~3 hours round trip to a kickoff event to pick it up. I figured shipping was easier on our time and lessened our carbon footprint. I even opted us out of the big totes so shipping should be a breeze, right? Nope. $200 for shipping and 6 days later we finally got our game piece box…
This is by far the most frustrating snag so far this season. We lost ~6 days with game pieces and paid $200 when a flat-rate USPS box would have had it to us in one day from HQ. Thank goodness for the other OA teams and Ri3D teams who prototyped lots of intake and gripper prototypes. We studied, read, and watched everything we could to get a good idea of where we wanted to go when it finally arrived so we could hit the ground running.
Stay positive, find what things you can control and work on, keep energy productive and focused. May you find the luck we seem to have lost!