Yes, before you say it, I know there are a lot of topics asking if the spark max can follow a Talon SRX. This is not one of those topics. The subject may not be clear enough, but reading through here I ran across the concept of using the complex built-in libraries of the TalonSRX, but having all the motors be NEOs instead of a heavier motor like a CIM and driven by SPARK maxes following the Talon. I recognize a few situations where this would be impractical:
The complex motion-profiling, etc. features of the talon are not necessary (probably any motor that does not need to be precisely controlled)
Using a Talon and brushed motor is just as useful (lighter, faster, cheaper) as a SPARK MAX and a brushless motor (because you likely already have Talons, in which case the use of the MAX would be to use a brushless motor)
You’re out of PDP slots. (remember, every motor controller needs one of the 16 slots, even if it doesn’t have a motor attached)
However, for a team whose programmers know lots about using the control features of the Talons, but whose mechanical design team wants to go brushless, for the physical advantages of NEOs over CIMs, this might seem like a good compromise.
The main problem would be if it turns out to not work at all, which is why I have been asked to research it. So I turn to this community:
Has anybody else experimented with slaving SPARK MAXES to a Talon without a motor attached, and if so, how was your experience with it?