@Xenon very cool. would this, or the official vex ratchet work better do you think?
I’m a fan of custom ratchets. Earlier this season we tried to use the vex one but our puncher had too much torque and the axel stripped through the plastic on the vex ratchet gear. Making a custom ratchet with the metal high strength inserts would help avoid this problem.
@rikkidaboss Hey guys, is there any feedback on our ratchet system?
That is a very simple, but very clever design!
V5 teams may feel happy about the how easy it is to use "Hold" feature on V5 motors and how it saves them time to do something else...
That's true, but it also takes away the opportunity to think creatively about mechanical design or learn advanced programming, when there is no easy trick available out-of-the-box.
In my opinion, this mechanical solution will always beat software "hold" function in terms of energy consumption and keeping motors cool. Also, if done correctly, it could be more reliable and lower the load and wear on the motor's internal gears.
@Xenon tried using the official ratchet gears, and shattered 2, so may have to go custom
You could first gear the motors output up (to increase the speed and decrease the torque), then run it through the official ratchet gear, and then gear it back down to run catapult/puncher at low speed and high torque.
But it is much more interesting to create custom ratchets...