Was hoping no one would notice that! No, that was an accident that we caught before we assembled it and I suppose we forgot to fix in the CAD.
Thank you! I hope to see 5406’s robot in action this year as well.
When deciding and prototyping climbers, we were torn between going with a telescoping design and the one we have now. If I recall correctly, we decided to move towards the climber we have now due to packaging & layout reasons as well as the potential for a future active climb, and away from a telescopic design due to its potential complexity (either quite a few stages or a pivot).
Throughout the season, the climber ended up being a major pain and struggle for us. Our method of deployment was messy and sometimes caused inconsistencies in the raising of one or both sides of the arm, and the lining up of the climb was pretty hard.
If we were to do it again, we would definitely go with a telescoping design (and we were looking into it if we were to make champs). We have more experience designing and constructing them, while the current climb is the first time we’ve done something like this. I’m not completely sure that a telescoping design would be lighter but I think it might be close, and we had some weight to spare.
If we were forced to do a similar climber, I would be inclined to do something very similar to 5406 or 111 with a virtual four-bar