Triggering the traps

YeagerTheCat
Member
Member
Posts: 22
Joined: January 29th, 2018, 8:33 am

Triggering the traps

Postby YeagerTheCat » January 19th, 2019, 7:38 am

All,

I ask this question somewhat sheepishly ... if you use two traps is it permissable to lock both traps and trigger both (one at time) with the pencil to get the device started or does one have to be already released held back by the first ... eg: you are allowly allowed to have one trigger?

Thanks...

4Head
Member
Member
Posts: 237
Joined: November 14th, 2016, 11:29 am
Division: C

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby 4Head » January 19th, 2019, 7:40 am

All,

I ask this question somewhat sheepishly ... if you use two traps is it permissable to lock both traps and trigger both (one at time) with the pencil to get the device started or does one have to be already released held back by the first ... eg: you are allowly allowed to have one trigger?

Thanks...
Why would you trigger one at a time??? That gives no advantage. You are, however, allowed to trigger both at the same time since the motion is still perpendicular.
2019 Sounds of Music National Champion

YeagerTheCat
Member
Member
Posts: 22
Joined: January 29th, 2018, 8:33 am

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby YeagerTheCat » January 19th, 2019, 11:44 am

We don't especially want to trigger them separately other than they are separate traps and we get a little more out of the traps if both are locked down. If we have to use a pencil vertically it requires two hits, if you can lay the pencil across them of course that works but don't think that is legal :-)

User avatar
markuswso17
Member
Member
Posts: 36
Joined: March 19th, 2017, 11:34 am
Division: Grad
State: VA

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby markuswso17 » January 19th, 2019, 7:28 pm

We don't especially want to trigger them separately other than they are separate traps and we get a little more out of the traps if both are locked down. If we have to use a pencil vertically it requires two hits, if you can lay the pencil across them of course that works but don't think that is legal :-)
Try to connect the two mousetraps to lock them together. This way you can press a pencil down vertically on the piece connecting the two and they both start at the same time.
Alumni
Fairfax High School Captain 2017
Electric Vehicle Nationals 4th place 2017
Email: markuswso17@gmail.com
Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/markuswso17FB
2016-2017 Events: Electric Vehicle, Forensics, Game On, Robot Arm

4Head
Member
Member
Posts: 237
Joined: November 14th, 2016, 11:29 am
Division: C

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby 4Head » January 20th, 2019, 8:31 am

We don't especially want to trigger them separately other than they are separate traps and we get a little more out of the traps if both are locked down. If we have to use a pencil vertically it requires two hits, if you can lay the pencil across them of course that works but don't think that is legal :-)
That is legal..
2019 Sounds of Music National Champion

User avatar
antoine_ego
Exalted Member
Exalted Member
Posts: 385
Joined: May 24th, 2016, 5:37 pm
Division: Grad
State: MA

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby antoine_ego » January 20th, 2019, 10:48 am

We don't especially want to trigger them separately other than they are separate traps and we get a little more out of the traps if both are locked down. If we have to use a pencil vertically it requires two hits, if you can lay the pencil across them of course that works but don't think that is legal :-)
You can also set just one of them if you're using a single arm system and use that as the trigger.
Rest in Peace Len Joeris
[b]2016 Air Trajectory Nationals - 3rd
2018 Hovercraft Nationals - 6th
2018 Mousetrap Nationals - 6th
2018 Nationals - Team 9th Place!
2019 Astronomy Nationals - 3rd!
2019 Nationals - Team 9th Place!
[/b]
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Captain 17-19

4Head
Member
Member
Posts: 237
Joined: November 14th, 2016, 11:29 am
Division: C

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby 4Head » January 20th, 2019, 2:28 pm

We don't especially want to trigger them separately other than they are separate traps and we get a little more out of the traps if both are locked down. If we have to use a pencil vertically it requires two hits, if you can lay the pencil across them of course that works but don't think that is legal :-)
You can also set just one of them if you're using a single arm system and use that as the trigger.
setting it that way allows for less string to be wrapped around the axle which is what they're trying to avoid.
2019 Sounds of Music National Champion

User avatar
antoine_ego
Exalted Member
Exalted Member
Posts: 385
Joined: May 24th, 2016, 5:37 pm
Division: Grad
State: MA

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby antoine_ego » January 20th, 2019, 6:19 pm

We don't especially want to trigger them separately other than they are separate traps and we get a little more out of the traps if both are locked down. If we have to use a pencil vertically it requires two hits, if you can lay the pencil across them of course that works but don't think that is legal :-)
You can also set just one of them if you're using a single arm system and use that as the trigger.
setting it that way allows for less string to be wrapped around the axle which is what they're trying to avoid.
This can be minimized by using whichever trap has the front part of its torsion spring on the edge of the traps. The amount of string lost is pretty small.
Rest in Peace Len Joeris
[b]2016 Air Trajectory Nationals - 3rd
2018 Hovercraft Nationals - 6th
2018 Mousetrap Nationals - 6th
2018 Nationals - Team 9th Place!
2019 Astronomy Nationals - 3rd!
2019 Nationals - Team 9th Place!
[/b]
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Captain 17-19

A Person
Member
Member
Posts: 185
Joined: July 18th, 2010, 12:34 pm
Division: Grad
State: KY

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby A Person » January 20th, 2019, 9:19 pm

Usually in my experience it's better to only activate one, having the arms attached together and only one set. Since there's no possible way that you can set off both at the same time, what can potentially happen is that one mousetrap gets set off before the other, the sudden jolt as the slack is taken up might shift the car's positioning, and you may lose accuracy, especially if your car is light.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

YeagerTheCat
Member
Member
Posts: 22
Joined: January 29th, 2018, 8:33 am

Re: Triggering the traps

Postby YeagerTheCat » January 21st, 2019, 7:24 pm

Thanks everyone - good info.


Return to “Mousetrap Vehicle C”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest