pic: Swerve drive in a Power Cube

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#1



So I finally did it. I was able to fit a swerve drive with full FRC components inside a power cube (13inx13inx11in), What can I say I was bored. This was a daunting task and took quite the time in cad. It currently runs a 64:1 bag motor for steering and a 6:1 CIM for a free speed of 15.5 ft/s an adjusted speed of 12.56 ft/s. I don’t know if it will ever be built, most likely not:(, but if does it will probably be during the fall. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Additional pictures of the module and the power cube: https://imgur.com/a/mJzwpr2

Swerve module post: https://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?t=165539


#2

Electrical teams hate him!

Major props for this design. I thought about this all season after teams built robots in totes in 2015, so I’m really happy you did it.

How high is the center of gravity? With the battery and motors that high up, I’d be worried about it popping wheelies and tipping over.

Also, why CIMs instead of MiniCIMs? That change could drop the weight and lower the center of gravity.


#3

The only way this could be better is if you were able to fit the entire robot inside the milk crate itself. With the handles, it would make for a great carrying case.


#4

Very cool design and packaging. One question: what’s up with those vertical spur gears?


#5

Those are the steering encoder gears. Check out the original module post, which I will note that you posted in :p.


#6

So when this is playing Power Up on the field, other robots will be able to intake it, and climb… earning a double lift!


#7

Build one and put it on the field for an off-season event.

Let’s see just HOW good that vision tracking autonomous routine is, eh?

Jason


#8

Thought it looked vaguely familiar… all these swerve posts blend together :o


#9

New idea for IRI:

Each alliance has a power cube bot that starts in their opponent’s cube pyramid (middle of the base 3 cubes). Playing the Lv3 Force power up activates your alliance’s cube bot, which one of your technicians can control from their seat. Robots cannot manipulate this cube bot.

The idea is to be annoying as possible. You can herd cubes, but because of the small size you won’t be able to push multiple cubes.


#10

How high is the center of gravity? With the battery and motors that high up, I’d be worried about it popping wheelies and tipping over.

Inventor says it is a bit above the cent of the cube after assigning everything the proper weight values.

Also, why CIMs instead of MiniCIMs? That change could drop the weight and lower the center of gravity.

I chose CIM because I wanted to have the most POWER. Mini Cims would help to lower COG but not that much as the cube weighs 40-60lbs.

The only way this could be better is if you were able to fit the entire robot inside the milk crate itself. With the handles, it would make for a great carrying case.

HaHaHaHaHa… no

Very cool design and packaging. One question: what’s up with those vertical spur gears?

As nickbrickmaster sayed it is to get a 1:1 steering with the absolute encoder.

So when this is playing Power Up on the field, other robots will be able to intake it, and climb… earning a double lift!

I’m not sure if lifts and intakes can safely hold 40-60lb cubes.

Let’s see just HOW good that vision tracking autonomous routine is, eh?

Oh no the lift is broken, it’s not lifting the cube.

Each alliance has a power cube bot that starts in their opponent’s cube pyramid (middle of the base 3 cubes). Playing the Lv3 Force power up activates your alliance’s cube bot, which one of your technicians can control from their seat. Robots cannot manipulate this cube bot.

That would be fun but running cost of this robot it would be expensive. Maybe if you use FTC electronics.

Thanks for all the responses.
Mads Eskildsen


#11

What’s the ground clearance? Think you could get it up to 3/4"? With a robot that light, 775’s on the drive should be 100% fine.

https://what-if.xkcd.com/5/


#12

This thing has an absurd power-to-weight ratio!

I would be worried that it could launch itself. (G09)

Is an automated gamepiece a robot? :confused: ::rtm:: :ahh:


#13

Can confirm that my team is building this next year.


#14

TLDR:
Key Questions: Did you add Bumpers, or does it have a PowerCube cover?

Wall-of-text-answer:
The key rule this year is I01, though obviously it must follow all the R rules as well.

With the addition of securely mounted bumpers, this robot is capable of the basic needs, and can do several POWER UP↗ functions, most notably pushing a cube into the exchange or to set up an alliance partner, and possibly being able to participate in a buddy climb with robots not really designed for a buddy climb. There’s certainly no reason to think this was designed to play a previous game (though it might have worked well for several games, most notably 2008 FIRST Overdrive, in a Team 148 Tumbleweed like role).

If you put a yellow power cube cover on it (presumably with holes for the wheels), it would likely run afoul of H07 (emphasis mine).


#15

The nice thing is that, to climb, another team can jut put the robot on their cube lifter.


#16

Why didn’t you use 775 pros instead of Cims? I know they’re not great if you’re stalling them but it seems like they’d manage ok in this application.


#17

Build it using FTC-sized motors for steering the swerve modules, 775’s for powering the wheels and an FTC battery (or two) mounted low down. It might be necessary to limit the voltage to the 775’s so they don’t burn up but with a low power to weight ratio, the drive wheels might just spin.

Have one of the Technicians on each alliance drive one with covers the same color as their bumpers. If the opposing alliance’s powered cube is scored in your vault, it is worth 3 regular cubes (or 6 or 9). If you climb with your opponent’s powered cube, the points for that climb is doubled.


#18

Chesy Champs?


#19

It could be better…worse?

5458 had a 6 CIM on a bot that was 80 pounds with battery and bumpers. That and it was geared to 26 fps single speed >_>

Yes I facilitated them, no I am not sorry, that robot drifted on colson wheels, why are you looking at me like that?


#20

Once again thanks for all the responses.

What’s the ground clearance? Think you could get it up to 3/4"? With a robot that light, 775’s on the drive should be 100% fine.

It is currently 1/4", I might have been to crazy

I would be worried that it could launch itself. (G09)

Have to get ready for that flying game

Why didn’t you use 775 pros instead of Cims? I know they’re not great if you’re stalling them but it seems like they’d manage ok in this application.

Build it using FTC-sized motors for steering the swerve modules, 775’s for powering the wheels and an FTC battery (or two) mounted low down. It might be necessary to limit the voltage to the 775’s so they don’t burn up but with a low power to weight ratio, the drive wheels might just spin.

As for all why not use 775 pro or FTC batteries questions. I did this mostly for fun and if you wanted to slap a 775 pro on here it would be quick design changes or a CIMile. As for the FTC batteries I wanted to use full FRC electronics and the battery was one of the biggest challenges.

Each alliance has a power cube bot that starts in their opponent’s cube pyramid (middle of the base 3 cubes). Playing the Lv3 Force power up activates your alliance’s cube bot, which one of your technicians can control from their seat. Robots cannot manipulate this cube bot.

Have one of the Technicians on each alliance drive one with covers the same color as their bumpers. If the opposing alliance’s powered cube is scored in your vault, it is worth 3 regular cubes (or 6 or 9). If you climb with your opponent’s powered cube, the points for that climb is doubled.

A lot of people have also said why not use this for off season events as extras. Doing some quick guesstimation if you want to run swerve with FRC electronics that will run you $3,000 to $4,000 per power cube with electronics (Rio, PDP, VRM, NavX, Motor Controllers, Battery) being most of the price.

Now there might be a very slight chance I get to build this, or a singular module in Preseason. There is still a low chance because of my teams fear of swiveling drives due to my teams pneumatic turning crab drive from 2010.

If you have any other ideas or questions feel free to respond.
Mads Eskildsen