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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

Love to see that good zip-tie engineering. Also, I guess the holonomic base looks cool. But zipties! And yellow zipties at that! Nice.

Hope to see the Toltechs back at Lone Star this year.
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Let us know how the zip-ties work -- clever engineering. We used foam hose-bib freezing covers over our first rollers. They worked great and didn't weigh anything -- sort of like your zip-ties. Good luck.
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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

There must be an award somewhere for Most Elegant Use of Zip-ties...
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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

After looking at this pic again, I like it even more. It looks like it was made by students. It uses parts in a clever way. It didn't cost $10,000. Well done!
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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

Oh - I just thought of something - you probably have already visited it...

If you use more than one ziptie per loop - put one into the the head of another one, etc - you could get longer tails for the ball collection, and more of them, spaced evenly around the wheel.

I have to say this, even though it may make some people uncomfortable, but I truly love zipties. They're so elegant - permanent, yet disposable. Strong, yet flexible. Ubiquitous, yet somehow.... special. I was seriously more excited about the collector than the obviously cool part of the picture: a 4 wheel holonomic base.
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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

looks great guys. Just wondering, did you happen to get your collection idea from the bristles on a vacuum? I don't know, it just reminds me of a vacuum. The 4 wheel holonomic base looks awesome, I can't wait to hear how it handles the ramp.

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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

wow thats pretty high up. are you going to be able to suck in the balls that roll in from the sides too?
or better yet from all 4 sides?? if i had holonomic drive thats what id wanna do.
otherwise, i love the spiral. someone has a lot of time lol
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wow thats pretty high up. are you going to be able to suck in the balls that roll in from the sides too?
or better yet from all 4 sides?? if i had holonomic drive thats what id wanna do.
otherwise, i love the spiral. someone has a lot of time lol

I am seriously hoping that this thing drives tomorrow. We are 8 inches off the floor with the frame so that balls can move under from 3 sides and be whisked into our con-VADER. The idea of the omni-drive is that if balls are boucing and rolling over the court, one just swerves to the side and harvests them.

Like I said though, it is untested and we have to put the belt/fabric on the con-VADER and then mount our cannon. Weight is becoming an issue

Thanks for the positive comments and yes the students did describe their ball sweeper design to the mentors as,"You know ... like under a vacumm cleaner"
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Oh - I just thought of something - you probably have already visited it...

If you use more than one ziptie per loop - put one into the the head of another one, etc - you could get longer tails for the ball collection, and more of them, spaced evenly around the wheel.

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Now that idea would mean we would have a double helix
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(...)the students did describe their ball sweeper design to the mentors as,"You know ... like under a vacumm cleaner"
You mean you let students work on the design? You rebel.
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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

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I am seriously hoping that this thing drives tomorrow. We are 8 inches off the floor with the frame so that balls can move under from 3 sides and be whisked into our con-VADER. The idea of the omni-drive is that if balls are boucing and rolling over the court, one just swerves to the side and harvests them.

Like I said though, it is untested and we have to put the belt/fabric on the con-VADER and then mount our cannon. Weight is becoming an issue
very nice. once you get it driving, tell us if 8inches of clearance is always good enough .i was wondering if bouncing balls will bounce off the frame that is "too low" like 8in maybe? or if they just get dragged under..
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I was wondering if bouncing balls will bounce off the frame that is "too low" like 8in maybe? or if they just get dragged under..
Maybe eight inches is too high? It's important to remember that Poof balls squish. Here's a thought. A lot of teams are going to do sweepers that have counter-rotating rollers or belts designed to lift balls from the ground. Many of these will be slanted back, or have curved ramps that skim along just above the ground. What if, instead, the lifter was a belt that went up vertically, with a pressure plate about six inches away. The center point of the bottom roller of the conveyor is below the center point of a ball (how about 2-1/2 inches?), and the bottom of the pressure plate is about 5-3/4 inches from the floor. You drive the bottom of the plate over the ball, which, since you are impacting it well above its CG, starts to roll. The robot is moving faster than the ball, so it drives over it. The ball then rolls into the bottom of the conveyor which acts as a wheel, lifting the rear edge of the ball. The ball tries to roll forward, but, since the force from the belt is actually a vector pushing forward AND up, it rises a little. Once it lifts up, it becomes trapped between the belt and the pressure plate, which act just like a single-wheel shooter and a pressure plate or bar, and the ball walks up the pressure plate into a curved sheet, which walks it over into a hopper.

This must have come to me in a dream. I'm sure it's not the design we are using on Top Gun. Incidentally, this is a testimony to prototyping. We would have a sloped ramp with a curved Lexan floor sweeper (which would act just like a bulldozer blade and knocked balls out if we hit them going fast) and two rollers if we hadn't built three prototypes of this. Now we know exactly what geometry will work, and how fast the belt needs to go. Not that this is our design or anything...
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Omni wheels a partial no on ramp

Okay for those that said No, you are partially correct. I think we can live with our design. Video of the robot will hopefully be posted this weekend on our team's discussion board.

The robot drove good the first time with the code. When they added in code and control for zero degree spin, that worked the first time as well

We can get up the ramp if a second robot is behind us keeping the robot from spinning and rolling down the ramp when the front wheels are about 3/4 the way up the ramp. I know this because I was able to put my feet on the back end while seated behind the robot which keep the angle of attach perpendicular to the ramp. Once the front tires get over the lip they are back on a level surface and pull the robot over the top. It is a lot of spinning wheels So one of those alliance partner robots with the IFI or AM traction tires gets behind us we are up and on without too much work.


On the plus side, it is way to cool to swerve or strafe
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Re: pic: Toltechs drive-train teaser

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Maybe eight inches is too high? It's important to remember that Poof balls squish. Here's a thought. A lot of teams are going to do sweepers that have counter-rotating rollers or belts designed to lift balls from the ground. Many of these will be slanted back, or have curved ramps that skim along just above the ground. What if, instead, the lifter was a belt that went up vertically, with a pressure plate about six inches away. The center point of the bottom roller of the conveyor is below the center point of a ball (how about 2-1/2 inches?), and the bottom of the pressure plate is about 5-3/4 inches from the floor. You drive the bottom of the plate over the ball, which, since you are impacting it well above its CG, starts to roll. The robot is moving faster than the ball, so it drives over it. The ball then rolls into the bottom of the conveyor which acts as a wheel, lifting the rear edge of the ball. The ball tries to roll forward, but, since the force from the belt is actually a vector pushing forward AND up, it rises a little. Once it lifts up, it becomes trapped between the belt and the pressure plate, which act just like a single-wheel shooter and a pressure plate or bar, and the ball walks up the pressure plate into a curved sheet, which walks it over into a hopper.

This must have come to me in a dream. I'm sure it's not the design we are using on Top Gun. Incidentally, this is a testimony to prototyping. We would have a sloped ramp with a curved Lexan floor sweeper (which would act just like a bulldozer blade and knocked balls out if we hit them going fast) and two rollers if we hadn't built three prototypes of this. Now we know exactly what geometry will work, and how fast the belt needs to go. Not that this is our design or anything...

This is actually the same exact idea that I had towards the beginning of the season. We are not using it either though...
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