So my team and I built our very first flywheel, and it kind of sucks. Its a vertical flywheel, geared 7:1 with 2 hs motors. We've eliminated almost all of the friction, and it has minimal slop. spins 4 wheels, and has rollers push the balls up into the wheel. The only real issue is that no matter how we adjust the hood, the ball will only shoot maybe half a foot up, and 2 feet across. We do not yet have rubber banding on the wheels, and we don't have anti-slip on the hood. (We ordered them yesterday.)
Are there any improvements we could make other than rubber banding the wheels and anti-slip on the hood? Any flywheel improvement tricks? Or will we have to do a total rebuild to achieve success? I'll try and get a video of it in action tomorrow.