Climbing this year is quite significant if you want to win a match. With that said, having 3 robots successfully on the generator switch will be a winning factor in Play-Offs and Champs. Fortunately we hope that without stop build date at least 8/10 robots at every regional will be able to climb. Still, there will be those who wont be able to do climb or their climber takes too long. The next challenge is keeping all 3 robots leveled, which adds 15 points. Being able to lift two robots with your robot has been a headache I’ve had since Kick Off. Obviously my go to answer was just do what 148 did on 2018 and put two of those and the side of our robot(A very neat mechanism you should check out on Youtube). The unfortunate part is that there is a lot of issues with going with a mechanism like that, one being that not all robots will have bumpers mounted firmly or the other robots may not leave a “gap” to grab them. So what do you do now? you only have 12 inches minus the bumper width to work with?
This is where a cheesecake solution came into play. I figured it would be the most effective and easiest solution, but I don’t know if other teams would be willing to go along with the idea.
The essential idea I have is that our robot would have hooks that actuate out and grab our alliance robots from a bar or something similar to lift 3 robots from the center of the generator switch, allowing us to be level.
Take a look at the images below.
The question is whether you guys think this is even a viable solution? I know there are issues with this idea too, but I think it’s a better option that a bumper lift.
It’s just a thought I wanted to share and see what other teams think, feel free to leave your thoughts below.