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If you really need a robot to produce repeatable results, maybe you shouldn't be throwing plastic discs.

How much do you think the existing numbers would change? Aren't they pretty much in the ballpark right now? I really don't see how this would be a huge advantage, at all. It would be a minuscule improvement.


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Old 12-03-2019, 07:51 PM
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I think the issue, even if a device could be made, is dealing with the inconsistencies from run to run of a mold that's been tested. Even within a run, could you get samples from each end and various points in the middle? Would you need to test how well the plastic in a mold ages? Over what time period and what usage level?

While I don't doubt the "cool factor" as an engineer, if it can be done, I just question the functional usefulness of the data other than comparing discs both within a run and between runs of similar discs made by different manufacturers. And by functional usefulness, I mean economic return. For if the idea made sense economically for any entity within the sport, it would have been done by now. As others have said, it shouldn't be that tough to do compared to the hundreds of technological breakthroughs we've all witnessed or used.
Just brainstorming, but it could be used as a part of the QA process, so that discs that fly outside of the expected flight path are either recycled and remolded, or added to the factory seconds pile. I understand there is a potential decrease in production throughput involved in the recycle/remold option.

This would eliminate the inconsistencies that everybody complains about. But I wonder if being able to confidently sell a mold as having a 99.9% guaranteed stability would provide enough benefit to set this up. With the proper marketing I could see it reaping benefits ("____ is the brand you can *trust*")

Alternatively, they could go the transparency route and be able to accurately advertise a specific run (or discs within a run) as being more overstable/understable than what's expected.
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Old 12-03-2019, 07:54 PM
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Old 12-03-2019, 07:55 PM
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Just brainstorming, but it could be used as a part of the QA process, so that discs that fly outside of the expected flight path are either recycled and remolded, or added to the factory seconds pile. I understand there is a potential decrease in production throughput involved in the recycle/remold option.

This would eliminate the inconsistencies that everybody complains about. But I wonder if being able to confidently sell a mold as having a 99.9% guaranteed stability would provide enough benefit to set this up. With the proper marketing I could see it reaping benefits ("____ is the brand you can *trust*")

Alternatively, they could go the transparency route and be able to accurately advertise a specific run (or discs within a run) as being more overstable/understable than what's expected.
Just think about how much that process would add to the manufacturing costs. How much are you willing to pay for a disc?
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:27 PM
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Just think about how much that process would add to the manufacturing costs. How much are you willing to pay for a disc?
If it means I get it exactly how I like the particular mold, an extra buck is much better than the 4-5, maybe 20-30, extra to dig up a particular run.

If a company wants to do it, and they think it’s a wise choice, I think it would be an excellent free market roll of the dice to see if it would increase product movement. I’m willing to bet it would. If infinite had such a device and sacrificed a few per run to test out, and people realized that run of done destroyers ran less stable than the last, they’d get bought up fast. If a run of firebirds came out board flat and stupid OS, some players would love that. Others, who don’t care, would buy them anyway and the stock would still move. Think it would be a really great innovation that could assist those interested but could be ignored if not wanted, much like a back up camera.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:43 PM
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Just brainstorming, but it could be used as a part of the QA process, so that discs that fly outside of the expected flight path are either recycled and remolded, or added to the factory seconds pile. I understand there is a potential decrease in production throughput involved in the recycle/remold option.

This would eliminate the inconsistencies that everybody complains about. But I wonder if being able to confidently sell a mold as having a 99.9% guaranteed stability would provide enough benefit to set this up. With the proper marketing I could see it reaping benefits ("____ is the brand you can *trust*")

Alternatively, they could go the transparency route and be able to accurately advertise a specific run (or discs within a run) as being more overstable/understable than what's expected.
That would put companies like Innova out of business.....they can't mold 2 identical discs to save their butt. The super obvious QC issues get sent thru, I can't imagine they are going to scrap a disc for something not obvious. And it would drive the costs of the discs thru the roof. Instead of being able to box, for example, 45 discs per hour, you'd be individually testing each disc, making it take forever to get a disc in a box. Especially since we are assuming full pro level power on distance drivers....so discs in theory flying well over 600'. Not feasible, or needed.

So to sum up....could such a robot be built? Of course. Anyone doubting that needs to get a new lease on life. Would it be awesome to see? Sure, it'd be neat. Would the data from it be useful? Doubt it. Would the PDGA be the ones benefitting and therefore doing any kind of testing? Hard no.

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Old 12-03-2019, 11:18 PM
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Just brainstorming, but it could be used as a part of the QA process, so that discs that fly outside of the expected flight path are either recycled and remolded, or added to the factory seconds pile. I understand there is a potential decrease in production throughput involved in the recycle/remold option.

This would eliminate the inconsistencies that everybody complains about. But I wonder if being able to confidently sell a mold as having a 99.9% guaranteed stability would provide enough benefit to set this up. With the proper marketing I could see it reaping benefits ("____ is the brand you can *trust*")

Alternatively, they could go the transparency route and be able to accurately advertise a specific run (or discs within a run) as being more overstable/understable than what's expected.


You're assuming that how you like how a particular run of a particular disc flies is how everyone wants that disc to fly. The beauty of run variations is that not everyone wants the same flight for various reasons.

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Old 12-04-2019, 12:08 AM
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I can't believe nobody tagged me in this thread!

In my experience, robots throwing discs are just as inconsistent as humans.

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Old 12-04-2019, 10:56 AM
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You would still need to throw the discs to figure out how they work with your throw! That flip rating will still be different between any two players. And, the same mold inconsistencies will still exist. we are talking about PLASTIC DISCS. These are not precision milled objects like golf clubs are!

Regarding golf clubs, sure you have numbers based on loft of club. But that still doesn't mean that every 41 degree 9 Iron is going to hit the same for every player. Many factors involved in matching your swing to the proper club/shaft/grip combo. Factors that you can't assess by watching a robot hit those clubs.. Same thing with discs, only the discs themselves are inconsistent, so all this talk about dialing in the ratings using a robot is just friggin DUMB.
It is not dumb. It is simply an additional tool to help you make a purchasing decision. Of course the disc will fly differently for each player and the machine in no way should be viewed as a definitive flight guide for every person who buys that disc. However, each player will begin to understand how the "flip rating" correlates with their particular form/speed by throwing several discs that have been rated. This is simple stuff, you guys. Contrarians are alive and well here.

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Old 12-04-2019, 02:22 PM
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You would need to program the robot to add personalized amounts of off-axis torque and nose-up to accurately forecast flight for each customer.

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