The rubber bands on our intake keep snapping, granted the gears are far apart, but they are snapping far more frequently than I previously thought. Do you think its the rubber bands, or to move the gears closer together?
Hi There! Our team had the same issue with the rubber bands snapping, with using sprockets we found that the chain rubs up against the bands and causes small abrasions which lead to snapping. A way around this is to apply another sprocket to one side of the intake and run the chain off of that sprocket instead of on top of the rubber bands, this solution has stopped the snapping of rubber bands when intaking a ball.
@Qwerty Alright thanks, The problem is that we cant run a chain through on a seperate gear because we have no space and it hits the wheel
May I suggest shortening the spacing of the Intake by moving one side inwards? This is what our team did and it has worked out quite well, and the small spacing gap between the intake and the gear does not compromise performance. You may be reluctant to shorten the intake roller by approximately 3/4 of an inch on one side, as was I when our process first started, but the loss of that small space allowed us to have less snapped rubber bands. This is my opinion is a worthwhile tradeoff, as that space will most likely not decide a match, but having no rubber bands on an intake definitely will cause you to lose.
@Qwerty So do you mean to move the actual c channel or just the sprockets?
He means move the sprockets closer together. Looks like you have a really solid structure, so I wouldn't want to compromise that. Moving the sprockets closer together creates space to add another (to drive).