Was there a reason the two flywheel / two wheel design was not very popular last year?

Would ramping the applied motor power/motor speed down to the “resting speed” then ramping back up to shooting speed reduce the stresses on the belts enough that they would survive?

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Potentially. We tried for a bit, but as we didn’t see that much difference in shooting performance with or without the flywheel mass, we choose not to spend a bunch of our limited time before week 1 trying to figure out what the right ramp would be. Had the season progressed, we might have come back to this issue. Also, a brief delay between balls to regain shooter speed was not the most obvious candidate for improving our cycle times.

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Yeah, we did that, too–we let it coast down to our “idle” speed and let it rotate there until we were ready to spin up to full angular velocity again.

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