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by philip284
March 16th, 2014, 7:09 pm
Forum: 2014 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 236
Views: 28064

Re: MagLev C

I thought the safety hazard was pretty clear in my previous post above, but to be explicit: having the motor automatically turn off for a set period of time and then be able to automatically turn on poses a risk that people might not know it's going to turn back on (or it might malfunction) and try...
by philip284
March 16th, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: 2014 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 236
Views: 28064

Re: MagLev C

C'mon dude, every competition has to have rules. I am sure that very many teams thought of this method but, like our teams, decided that it would be a violation. We actually went so far as to build a time delay relay circuit ( a couple of transistors, resistors, caps and a relay) to implement this ...
by philip284
March 16th, 2014, 1:17 pm
Forum: 2014 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 236
Views: 28064

Re: MagLev C

Bravo to you for your creativity and engineering. Thank you. It is indeed a very elegant solution, and quite honestly one none of us on the rule committee thought of to address in the rules. But that doesn't mean we explicitly wanted to include it. Last time I checked science didn't have rules, so ...
by philip284
March 15th, 2014, 7:16 pm
Forum: 2014 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 236
Views: 28064

Re: MagLev C

Yeah, as pointed out a few posts back, the FAQ should probably be worded better to point out the safety concerns, not the spirit of the problem ones (although I think that's also a factor). We're always trying to balance allowing creativity, innovation, etc with 'spirit of the problem'. In fact you...

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