2019 DESTINATION DEEP SPACE Game Elements
$10.00 – $27.00
Going to space tomorrow, you'll need your cargo today! And don't forget the hatch or your cargo just won't stay. Buyer be aware, this is the official Cargo Game Piece, but is not the exact Hatch ...Read More
This is NOT the official hatch for the official field. It is cut to the same dimensions from the same 3/16 in. polycarbonate but is completely clear and does not have any branding on it. A strip of black 2 x 60 in. loop tape is included for the team to install. You can either cut wedges out of this strip, like the official version, or press it down firmly introducing small wrinkles which do not significantly change field interaction but may or may not change robot interaction depending on your design. Due to these differences we are offering this item at a lower cost as we believe this will work great for teams developing and testing their robot. It is made at AndyMark in Kokomo, Indiana, USA with locally available materials so we can re-stock quickly. If you are looking for the official FIRST game piece it can be found at Vex Pro (217-6562).
- Cargo Diameter : ~13 in.
- Hatch Diameter : 19 in.
- Hatch Hole Diameter : 6 in.
- Hatch Polycarbonate Thickness : 3/16 in.
Not what you expect
Be ready to spend all of your time doing all the work on these yourself. you receive a sheet of lexan and velcro, you have to cut the velcro yourself and apply it. For $3 more you can buy them from Vex with the velcro pre-cut so all you need to do is stick it on. The extra $3 is far worth the amount of effort you save by buying from Vex. Also as a side not there was no image of the hatch on kickoff day, this was a very shady move as it was updated the following day, far after many units were sold. (AndyMark response: Thank you for your feedback. Sorry we did not meet your expectations. The AndyMark version of the hatch was well-described in the description, even with a link to the official Hatch at VEX.)
Disappointed in Hatch Panel
I honestly don't know if the description changed in the last couple of days, or if I just didn't read it closely (because who would ever read a "Game Element" listing, we already know the specs), but I'm very disappointed in the Hatch Panel option. The picture wasn't posted when I ordered so I assumed it was the normal part. A plain polycarb piece with a bulk piece of loop tape is not worth $2 less than a "real" piece from Vex. By the time my team ripped open the packaging, it wasn't worth it to try sending it back and ordering something else. So we're left with trying to make the best of these. The Hatch Panel needs to be split out into its own listing where the title can CLEARLY spell out that it's not the official piece. Nobody (or very few people) will read the description for an official game piece.