Official Q&A: VRC 2020-2021: Change Up Usage Guidelines

3D Printed License Plate Holders


70820X
1 month ago

Nit picking question for sure but since it came up at an event it would be helpful to get clarification. Are 3D printed license plate holders allowed to hold custom and/or VEX standard license plates? I assume they would be per <R13> and <R27> just as the game manual notes custom 3D printed plates are, but the question arose as to whether they were in fact functional due to the fact that they are "holding the license plate".

<R27> notes that "License Plates are considered non-functional decorations" Perhaps adding "license plate attachements/holders" to this description would clarify should this be the case.

Thank you!

Answered by Game Design Committee

Are 3D printed license plate holders allowed to hold custom and/or VEX standard license plates?

It is impossible to provide a blanket answer that will encompass all possible Robot and License Plate holder designs, based on a hypothetical description. However, a non-functional structure that serves the sole purpose of supporting an official License Plate would be considered an extension of the License Plate as a non-functional decoration, and would therefore be legal.

As with all questions regarding non-functional decorations, it will ultimately be at the Head Referee and/or inspector's discretion whether a given part is considered "functional" or not. In the context of a hypothetical License Plate holder, using the 3D printed material to provide additional structural support for a Robot mechanism would definitely be considered "functional".