how much pounds teams are allowed to work on after sending the Robot?
R17 At an Event, Teams may have access to a static set of FABRICATED ITEMS, not bagged per R14, known as the WITHHOLDING ALLOWANCE, that shall not exceed 30 lbs. to be used to repair and/or upgrade their ROBOT. The WITHHOLDING ALLOWANCE may only be brought into the Venue when the Team initially loads in at the Event. Items made at an Event do not count towards this weight limit.
￼This means teams may not store FABRICATED ITEMS outside the pits to be brought to the event at a later time. This set may be changed between events (i.e. a Team may leave a different set of items out of the bag and/or fabricate new items to bring to their next event) provided the total weight of FABRICATED ITEMS brought to the next event does not exceed thirty (30) lbs.
For Teams attending 2-Day Events, these FABRICATED ITEMS may be used during the Robot Access Period and/or brought to the Event, but the total weight may not exceed 30 lbs. FABRICATED ITEMS constructed during the Robot Access Period and bagged with the ROBOT are exempt from this limit.
EXAMPLE 1: A team creates 10 lbs of FABRICATED ITEMS after Stop Build Day. During their first Robot Access Period before their first event, they install these items on the ROBOT and bag them with the ROBOT. The team may bring up to 20 lbs. of FABRICATED ITEMS (which may be items removed from the ROBOT before bagging at the end of the Robot Access Period) with them to the event.
EXAMPLE 2: A team creates 30 lbs of FABRICATED ITEMS after Stop Build Day. During their first Robot Access Period before their first event, they install these items on the ROBOT and bag them with the ROBOT. The team may not bring any FABRICATED ITEMS (including any initially bagged on Stop Build Day and removed during the Robot Access Period) with them to the event.
Items exempt from this limit are:
A. the OPERATOR CONSOLE,
B. any ROBOT battery assemblies (as described in R4).
Our first priority on this is to include any spare fabricated items which cannot be fabricated in the pit. After that, we may spend some of the weight on new/additional functionality. Our rookie year, we kept out our whole shooter mechanism and ended up re-engineering some broken brackets that we had to re-engineer on the spot because we couldn’t recreate the original piece without a band saw and a grinder.
Technically, you are “allowed to work on” an unlimited amount. However, you can only “bring” 30 pounds of non-COTS items (fabricated items). Once you are at the event, you again can work on an unlimited amount from the unlimited COTS items you bring.