Our team is using an intake like that of 254 in 2016, we had good results with it. I am wondering what is the best way to deploy the intake out and over the bumpers. We have a larger structure on the same side as the intake that will climb onto the third level of the hab(like the video from snow problem). I want to make the intake as light as possible to prevent the robot from tipping over and falling down when we let go of the pneumatic cylinders that squeeze the sides of the hab. The wheels, and the shafts are weights that we can’t reduce so I am wondering if the use of CNC router to make a 1/4" plate would weigh less than 2"x1" box (1/8" wall), and the trade-off as opposed to using the box.
sidenote: We will use pneumatic cylinders to actively move the intake outwards and in.