“Common knowledge” would suggest that, with four omniwheels at the corners, we’d have spun off this precarious lift like a top with a deathwish. We managed to stay on the lift and go up for 30 bonus points – marking the only time this season where ‘X7’ was on the receiving end of bonus points.
Our center of gravity is about 9" above the bottom of the robot, dead center. Paying attention to things like that can be a lifesaver (and a match winner).
We and 279 each designed easy-to-use lifting systems and thus have relatively low clearance above the ground. At the time we were allied together, neither team had ever climbed another’s ramps or lifts – so we were unsure who was best to leave to lifting.
While queued behind the field, we removed one of our lifts and allowed 279 to see if they had the ground clearance to make it up – and when they tried, they ended up hitting and buckling one of our ramps instead of climbing it. The ramp was already cracked and we had a replacement ready before getting back to the pit, but it was vital to our victory that match that we were able to test things out in advance. Our machine, ‘X7’, had the clearance needed to climb up on 279, so we did what was best for the alliance – even if it hurt my pride a little bit
man I can see the suspense with that, not only does it look like it could fall at any moment in this picture, but the clock still says 28 secs!! thats way to long ( for me anyways ) to sit and hope to god the bot doesn’t fall off.:ahh:
Sometimes you get paired up with teams that can’t drive up any ramps. We were paired up 3 times with robots that had about a quarter inch clearance. They said they could not climb any ramps. Even the best ramps can’t be used sometimes.