I’ve been working on a project. Actually several, as usual. This one involves 3D printing a robot. Dono if it’ll work (also don’t see why it wouldn’t), but that doesn’t matter because this is a design question, or poll actually.
I have two designs:
Design A, 4" wheels - 15.3" Center to Center
Design B, 2.75" wheels - 16.7" Center to Center
My question is pretty simple, based only on the spacing / size of the wheels, which design do you think would be a better generic VEX robotics platform?
Any elaboration / opinions would be appreciated, thanks!
I think that for the purpose of spacing, the smaller wheels are better for drive with the high speed motors, but for a generic design, the larger wheels are probably better because almost all teams have them already, and they would work with the regular motors better.
I’m assuming that as a generic Vex robotics platform it would be used as a part of a robot, thus needing space for the other sub systems of the robot. In this case I think that the smaller wheeled robot would be better, as it allows more space for other systems in the middle of the robot.
I also think that the 3rd option in the poll has merit. As neither drive makes full use of the 18" limit(s).
In addition I agree with what Inspector Gadget has to say about the large Omni wheels.
Personally I would prefer the 4" wheels, mostly because they are a lot thinner than the 2.75" and a lot easier to fit onto a drive train. Another plus is the use of torque motors instead of having to switch out gears. It’s almost as fast as the 2.75" on high speed.
I have found that 2.75" wheels on a heavy robot (my robot was 30lb) are really bad because the 2.75" wheels do not roll as well as 4" wheels. When in a x drive configuration this is even worse.
Unless this 3d printed robot will be light, i recommend 4" omni’s.
Although I feel like if this drive is going to reflect vrc robots the wheelbase is too small in both designs.
I can confirm. This year with the robots being bigger and heavier, the smaller wheels sink into the tiles more and don’t turn as well as the larger 4" wheels. If you have a relatively light robot, the 2.75" wheels will be fine.
I just had state and I saw quite a few small-base robots tip over, which means a bigger base is good for stability. However, at the same time, our robot was nearly 17.5" long, and we had trouble getting into between the wall and the skyrise base to get more skyrise sections.
I’m not a big fan. They are pretty wide and the X drives I’ve seen using them seem to have problems. We tried a comparison of 4" high speed vs 2.74 turbo on a tank drive competition robot and the 4" setup far out-performed the small wheel setup. The 3.25" omnis are really incredible though; really thin, smooth and able to put different inserts in saves a ton of time putting lock bars.