As many of you know, for last year’s season SOTAbots team 2557 designed and manufactured our own shifting swerve modules. This year, we aim to improve on the design with our second model - the i2. This module is lighter, stronger and more compact than the 2022 version.
In the 2022 game Rapid React, our original design proved itself extremely successful, vastly exceeding our expectations. The two speeds helped us to get up to speed quickly, and the lower gear allowed us to play the defense card if we ever needed to.
Just to link this in (not looking for any conversation on it):
This has been talked about in other threads, but there is a lot of nuance with the types of roughtop; “black” (Neoprene) or “blue” (Nitrile) really doesn’t mean a lot in the FRC durability context. The lamination process, adhesives, fiber backing, etc. are different within the “black” or “blue” product families. The FRC vendors seem to do a pretty good job sourcing the durable stuff for our FRC applications, but if you source it from elsewhere or something changes there can be issues (as TTB discovered initially).
Just a reminder (hasn’t been stated yet): weight distribution on the bot will have a big impact on tread wear and in some cases and impact overall watts “into the carpet”.