You see those bumps called the scoring platforms? Those are going to going to cause all sorts of headaches for mecanums. 5-wheel strafe drive with the strafe wheel on a pneumatic suspension should work well, I think.
Has anyone looked at the field drawings yet? In the game video it looks like the platforms aren’t that high, and there are ramps all around. How high is the platform, and what is the grade of the ramps?
From our team’s experience, the only time that mecanums have ever had troubles were on the bridges in 2012. Even then, the problem was the lower coefficient of friction rather than getting up on them, and we were still able to balance 2 robots better than most teams.
Amen to this. The only trouble we had with mecanum was the bridges in 2012. It wasn’t impossible, we still balanced. Since it’s only a 16 degree angle, it shouldn’t be impossible to get over it.
Breakaway year, they had larger bumps. We went up them fine with mecanum also. Given, they were carpeted.
Some teams will struggle with the mecanum, some won’t.
If you have not prototyped mechanum or done it before, I would not recommend bringing it out this season. It doesn’t seem difficult at first, but you will end up spending far too much time on your drive train instead of allocating proper time to your mechanisms.
Our team has had a good amount of experience with mecanums, and we haven’t any big problems with bumps. We used them in 2010 (w/o suspension) and were able to climb over the bump, and also in 2012, where we were able to easily climb the bridge.
Based on that experience I think driving over the scoring area won’t be a problem at all.
the code is for the most part available if I am right so i believe if I give my programmers a macanum chassis early they will make it work. I dont see any serious mechanical issues as long as I get the best ideas from this forum.
Your thoughts on that?
again what is the prefered transmission?