This is just my opinion but for the fire issue i believe that if a bot catches fire.... then first of all the fire needs to be put out which in itself is not something that many event coordinators are prepared for. Just that could end the event if it is bad enough. Furthermore the supervisor could just deem the bot unsafe at that point.. i doubt anyone would argue at that point.So what do people do with a wedge if there is a raised ring? If you go out it will be extremely difficult to get back in since the wedge won't be able to climb over anything. I guess you could back in, if you don't have a wedge on the back too, but that could take some extra time and expose you to the full force of your opponent on your most vulnerable end.
I also wonder what the magic test is for "sharp objects" (as in no sharp objects on the Sumo Bot), and if some very sharp wedges are going to be second tiered (or not allowed to compete at all for safety reasons). I saw one team questioned about the sharpness of their "wedge" at a state competition but a team member ran his finger across it and showed that it didn't cut his skin, so they were allowed to continue, but what exactly is the limit of sharpness that we cannot cross?
Finally, I heard that a bot caught fire at a state competition, what happens if your bot catches fire at the national competition due to a motor, esc, battery, overheating? If you have spares, or the burned device doesn't disable you bot would you be able to proceed? I can't see any rule violation, other then the obvious after the fact safety issue, but since there is no way to tell in advance if a bot will burn, even if it did once in the competition, I can't see how you could be taken out for a fire. Event coordinator, any thoughts on this?
I believe that the motor 293 was the two wired motor,,,,for Vex robotics, wats the difference between motor 393 or some thing like that and motor 293?
That wasn't as dramatic as I thought, it was only smoking near the endHere's the video with the fire ... it might be someone on the forum so I'm not taking credit for it! (It's not my video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia3lFxnl ... ideo_title
I can't believe that there weren't any penalties for it.
You should be fine, I've seen plenty if bots with pieces a sheet metal sticking outSoooo about the sharpness rule. My wedge is made of a 12'' x 12'' piece of sheet metal that has been bent. I duct taped the entire edge of the blade except the part that's touching the ground. Would that constitute a second tier? Will I have to duct tape the only metal part?
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