To prepare for VEX WORLDS, my team decided to make a hanging mechanism. Even though our robot has 6 torque motors dedicated for the lift(4 running off of the power expander, and 2 running off of the main cortex battery), the robot doesn’t really seem to lift itself up quite easily. Currently the lift itself has a gear ratio of 1:5. Is there any way to make the lift stronger so it can hang more easily while not actually making the gear ratio bigger?
also, even though the picture has the rubber bands, we tried lifting without them
Ok so my earlier robot in the season had a 6-motor lift with a 1:5 ratio and it had the strength to pick up 7 stars and it hung in 5 seconds. It sounds like you either have too much friction in the arm or your base is too heavy. Also check that when it hangs that the anti tipping mechanisms are not preventing it from hanging.
so basically, my robot’s total capacity is about 1 cube with 2 stars, or just 2 cubes, or about 6 stars, however, I don’t know why, but then when I remove the anti tip and attempt to hang, it goes about half way, then just stops there, and doesn’t go up
I don’t know, but just to ask for advice, would it be better to just rebuild the whole arm again?
um… to do that, I’ll get a picture of the robot close up later on, because right now the robot is at the school, and I can get there by monday. And also your guess is true, because it falls down after going half way up
That was why I was asking for your full wiring setup, I guess I should have specified. Basically, the brain has two circuit breakers, one on port 1-5, and one on port 6-10. If there is too much power being pulled from one of the circuit breakers than it will cause a PTC trip and all the motors will shut down on that circuit breaker. So I would check that you have all the motors spit up on the brain, I.E. three arm motors on ports 1-5 and the others on 6-10, etc.