Flywheel Ratchet vs Motor Coast

Hey guys. Recently I have seen some teams use a ratcheted flywheel in order for the flywheel to not lose its inertia when the motor stops. Is there a noticeable difference between building a ratchet compared to setting your flywheel to coast through programming? Thanks.

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I personally just set the motor coast. Imo this is better purlwy because it is easier and as a general rule less moving parts and the easier some thing is the lower likley hood that it will break or fail making ur robot mor consistent.

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Depends on your motor-usage technique. A simple ratchet, made for freewheeling, would be quick, easy, and reliable. Using the reverse direction to drive another mechanism would be tougher.

What you are wanting is really an over running clutch.

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