Team 3366 is proud to present our new intake system for VEX Turning Point, which we called the “vacuum intake” (but you can call it whatever you want). It is an intake that can suck in both caps and balls, but with a wider reach and faster load time than typical claw intakes, plus our lift doesn’t need to expand out of 18 when we load the balls. It can intake from both the front side and back side of the bot by swinging the intake around.
We wanted the speed and handling of rollers plus having an active intake for caps (you can see us wrestling a cap out of an opponent’s intake in the clip). We decided to give up the ability to score high caps with a big lift system in favor of a lighter bot and lightning fast defense, plus our strategy makes it very hard for opponents to get to the caps, especially bots with dr4bs as their cap system.
Obviously, it still has a lot to improve on, for example, the tray itself can store two balls, but we can only shoot one at a time. Any feedback or suggestions for improvement are welcome!
——Foshan Dadalele team 3366