One of the main disadvantages of flywheels is that they require an independent indexer. So, I developed this system to feed and index with the same motor.
It’s a pretty complicated system, but it saves me a motor and it’s worked really well over the past few weeks. The only real disadvantage is that it can’t spin backwards to flip caps or spit out balls. I spit out extra balls just by shooting them out of the flywheel (not aimed at a flag) and I flip caps with a different subsystem, but it’s an important drawback to build around.
Hey! Sorry to dig this thread, but I wanna answer some of these questions.
A team that drew inspiration from this idea chained the front intake roller to the indexer, meaning it was able to spin both forwards and backwards. This allowed them to flip ground caps. The only roller that could only spin one direction was the middle one. This team (ironically enough) played me and won at a recent tournament, so it seems to have worked
I actually had to drill the gear out with a 5/64" drill bit. If you don’t have access to a drill bit that can go through steel, I’d recommend filing down the green inserts so you can put them into a HS 12T gear.