The passively deployable intake kept things simple, and our initial analysis of the game was that any rough play with a compliant intake would be negligible, and wouldn’t risk damaging a deployment system. including the extra deploying system was seen as an additional failure point that would in turn potentially cost us RPs. However, the inability to retract did cost us some minor penalty points going through our district events but were eased up with judges being more understanding of who initiates contact in later events.
Keeping compliance as a number one priority in the design, almost the entire intake structure is comprised of polycarbonate sheets, placing an emphasis on bending, not breaking. the body is held nicely with dead axle shafts spanning the intake, and the non-parallel four bars are made of wide polycarbonate sheets. This entire design was made in the best efforts to handle extreme load cases from the side and front bashes, to which it held up very nicely (watch our robot reveal where we full-speed bash into the wall).
Being on the pit crew, we knew as a team to come prepared for the worst. For every event, we had brought an entire backup intake, as well as a couple of spare rollers, and printed pulleys, for any severe cases. As for actual damages, we had 1 linkage break, 1 side plate snap, a couple of surgical tube snaps, and 1 busted motor.