On the Robowranglers we’ve been trying to emphasize “Simplicity First” design. This doesn’t mean our robots will always be simple, but it means we’re going to try to make them as simple as possible. This means we try not to add anything to the robot unless it has been fully justified.
The justification is never “Why not?”
We believe that simple robots are more reliable by default, and enable us to fulfill our “EVERY MATCH” performance goals. We believe that simple robots are typically lighter weight and smaller which often enables better performance on the field. We believe there are advantages to all these attributes, and we’re pushing to make this a core of our design philosophy.
In 2018 a young mentor named Bryan “BJC” Culver joined the Robowranglers. Bryan is an alumni from FRC33 - the Killer Bees, was an IFI intern, and eventually a VEX engineer. He is one of the most talented young engineers I’ve worked with, and he’s taught me a lot over the years (and is still teaching me).
During his year on the Robowranglers Bryan showed how counting the number of “Individual Actuations” on a robot is a great way to QUANTIFY something like Robot Simplicity.
Lets see how the historical Robowrangler robots did based on this metric! Read More