Week 2 - Update 2
We had some troubles on Wednesday with the Spark Max controllers and Neos hence we why we didn’t post any shooter videos yet.
The software team has worked hard to fix it and we were able to shoot with our wooden prototype.
2 Neo’s, geared up 1:1.38
2x 2" Wide 4" OD fairlane wheels
Closed loop control
No extra flywheel mass
For this weekend we’ve designed a flexible shooter testing setup:
We can adjust the compression, change between 4" and 6" wheel, add extra mass, change backing plate etc.
Hopefully we’ll have it shooting by tomorrow.
Currently we have a pully running of a 1:1 VP stage from the Neo. Tomorrow we’re going to add a new pulley:
It’s a 12 teeth gear, press fitted in the pulley which makes it mountable to the Neo which saves space in the overall design later on.
It’s printed in CPE. Hopefully it holds up
Storage Update - Wheel of Doom(WoD)
Wheel of Doom!
We send out our sheetmetal order on Wednesday night and our partner: De Cromvoirtse produced it on Thursday and we could pick it up on Friday.
Top View of the Wheel of Doom on our DT:
It’s still pretty tall; getting balls up there is still going to be a challenge.
We’ll be mounting it on the DT tomorrow and power it through the software, we did a manual check on battery power to see if it worked.
Full storage, ejecting @ ~ 120 RPM:
Slowmo storage, ejecting @ ~ 120 RPM:
We know, we know… “BUT HOW WILL YOU GET THE POWERCELLS IN THE WHEEL OF DOOM?” We’re working on it, once it’s mounted to the DT then we can add the surrounding lexan and control it through a software cycle to serialize the balls.
We test by hand the following sequence:
And that actually worked pretty well. We’ll definitely get a video for you tomorrow
We’re not doubting that the consistency of rapid feeding into the shooter in this concept can be insane. We’ll probably be able to over-power-the shooter enough to be able to hit a 5/5 outer circle shot in 1 second dump. We’re hoping for a 5/5 inner port from the sector line in 0.5 second this this hopper.
Although getting the powercells in the wheel of death, getting them high enough to drop in and the entire packaging is going to be a difficult assignment.
As a back up we’ve been working on a couple other concepts.
Storage Concept - #6135 & #3847
We needed another concept to make sure we have a good back up plan for the WoD. Current progress looks good. The concept allows human feeding easily, you can easy configure the ball layout for AUTO for a fast rapid fire rate, we could speed up the first wheel more than the others. Through using 2 different belts and 3 different pulleys we can spin each wheel a different speed > allow the power cell closest to the omni to be sucked in the fastest/quickest.
See a couple of videos below:
We’re thinking of CADing this up in the weekend and have a prototype of this by next week including with matching intakes.