We are planning to design a west coast drivetrain as an off-season project. We are currently discussing if we should put omni wheels in the corners to ease turns and increase maneuverability.
We were concerned that using omni wheels will affect encoder data and our autonomous program, does anybody have any experience using omni wheels in their autonomous programs?
Another concern is that using omni wheels will obviously decrease traction, as we will have only two traction wheels instead of six, thus we wonder how corner omni wheels will perform under heavy defense. Will two traction wheels be enough to resist pushes from other teams?
We would like to hear experiences of teams that used west coast drivetrains in previous seasons. What were the advantages and disadvantages of using omni wheels on the corners in your opinion?
Also we are quite open to any advices from your team in west coast drive as it will be our first time doing it.
Thanks a lot.