The Drive System Team

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.

Six-Wheeled Omni Wheel

Fast and Light with Traction for Climbing onto the Platform

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.

The Goldilocks of Gear Ratios

Finding the Drive Gear Ratio that is Just Right

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

To Be Speedy, Strong, and Maneuverable, we Need a Low Center of Gravity

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.

The Drive System Team at Work

What’s the best way to get around the field for this challenge?

The Drive System Team at Work

What’s the best way to get around the field for this challenge?