Finished 2nd in NASA contest, After UPS damaged our robot

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    Finished 2nd in NASA contest, After UPS damaged our robot

    This is an update to:
    http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin...ad.php?t=24899.

    I couldn't go to the competition myself, and my buddy calls me the day before when he went down and picked up our entry that we shipped. He says that somebody must've used our package as a step ladder. Very unhappy about spening $480 for this kind of treatment. Anyhow, one of the damaged parts that the simply tried to bend back straight broke off a few minutes into our attempt. We were on pace to take obliterate the only other competitors that had a chance at beating us. Nobody got money though because nobody dug the minimum.

    Summary:
    -We finished 2nd out of an original 60-something competitors, although all but 8 dropped out.
    -We did beat several colleges, including at least one that had over $10,000 into their machine, and had 11 members professional machinests to make their parts., We built ours with hand tools over basically a 2 wk period.
    -We were on pace to finish first, bad karma, we officially finished 2nd.
    -We may have been on pace to do the minimum and win money, but it would've been close.
    -a guy did like our work, and asked if we were would be interested in building something for him that some else failed at. Build nerdy robot stuff for money? YES

    We'll be back next year.
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    That to bad about ups but congrats on 2nd

    ups has went down hill i get damaged stuff for work all the time as my parts are ship direct and it looks like someone runs them over with teh truck 3/4ths of the time

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    Now if you could design something to collect brass from the range & separate it....

    Good luck for next year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post


    Now if you could design something to collect brass from the range & separate it....

    Good luck for next year!
    Hmmm, I wonder how much a busy range would pay for that. Doesn't sound too hard...
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    Roomba on steroids, plus a sorting module.

    Just make sure to armor-plate it... we all know it would get used for target practice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    Now if you could design something to collect brass from the range & separate it....
    Heh...I've been wishing for something that would pick up rimfire brass and melt it down - it would be fun to make a cannon that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvsjr View Post
    Roomba on steroids, plus a sorting module.

    Just make sure to armor-plate it... we all know it would get used for target practice!
    Lol - it'd be like the poor guys at driving ranges driving the golf ball pickup carts...Moving target. Had a friend that used to do that...and yes the balls do occasionally make it through the cages on those things .
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    Quote Originally Posted by tvsjr View Post
    Roomba on steroids, plus a sorting module.

    Just make sure to armor-plate it... we all know it would get used for target practice!
    Just make it so it fires back if threatened, make sure it has a HCP though.

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    Congrats!! It's too bad about the breakage......... Next year for sure!!
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