With robot reveals starting to come in, I have noticed that there have been three main types of buddy climbs.
- Under forks, This is where a team climbs, then drop a set of forks/sling and lift a bot underneath it. Example Team 2630’s “HawkEye”
Pros: There is nothing you have to attach to your alliance partner’s robot.
Cons: You have a height limit of the robots you can lift. You can only lift one robot.
- Buddy bar, With this type of buddy climb, teams will drop a bar(s) from there robot then attract hooks to there alliance. Then they will place the hooks over there bar and climb. Example Hyperion 3360 Hyperion’s “RECON”
Pros: It is the easiest to design and build. This design will allow you to lift two robots.
You must attach hocks to your alliance partners, and if you get really unlucky with your inspector, you may get called for the cheesecake rule.) As @AndrewMcb and @wgorgen Pointed out this is unlickly, however you still have to attack the Hooks to the alliance partners bot and remove it which will would not have to do in style 1.
- Robot Wrangler, grabs another team with a Velcro (sorry hook and loop tape) strip that is attached to the other team’s robot. Examples most famously 148’s 2018 robot Uppercut. This season 1678’s 2020 robot and 3539’s 2020 robot.
Pros: It is relatively essay to line up on, and a bot doesn’t have to be exact align as it will be intake in.
(Again, if you get unlucky with your inspector, you may be called for the cheesecake rule.) As @AndrewMcb and @wgorgen Pointed out this is unlickly, however you still have to attack the Velcro to the alliance partners bot and remove it,which will would not have to do in style 1.
What are your guy’s options on the three buddy climbs, and will we see others? Which do you think will be most common or effective?