There are numerous styles of wheels and control of those wheels that can be used to create an effective robot. This year, we evaluated three drive systems for the competition robot.
As the robot transitions from the floor to the platform, it can lose contact with the playing field. The central wheels provide greater traction throughout the match, but especially during this transition.
With two prototype drive bases, the drive team was able to collect speed and performance data for a range of gear ratios for the drive system. The testing protocol and results will be listed below as our findings are developed.
Center of gravity is key to maneuverability. In order to maintain a low center of gravity, the base team needed to focus on placement of components and material specifications for manipulators. Additionally, to aid in balancing and avoiding excessive loads during the climb, placement of manipulators and configurations during the climb were critical to success.
What’s the best way to get around the field for this challenge?