Spin up intake

Hi my team name is the masked bandits in Minnesota. I am here to post because we hit a standstill. We were working on a intake for our robot but we can’t get it to work. We have tried a chain with flaps intake that didn’t work well. We then tried a flex wheel intake and we couldn’t get that build. We are now trying a chain with standoffs that other one of our teams used. That works but we are still at a standstill. I’m wondering if you guys could help us out by telling me how to build or the best way to get a intake built fast. Our first tournament is November 19th I need the intake done by November 1st. Any help is appreciated

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Flex wheels are the best intake option imo. If you have 2 inch or 3 inch flex wheels you should def try doing a floating intake. This is where the bottom shaft pivots on the secondary shaft so it can go up and down without loosing tension.

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If you are having trouble finding something to grip the discs effectively, one alternative my team is using is rubber bands on HS gears:


You can also use rubber bands spanned between sprockets to make a roller.

If you build something with a wheel of some type, be it flex or HS gear or rubber bands roller, a floating intake at the bottom is very effective(idk if you know or not just saying it in case you don’t).

Another tip: if you haven’t, go check out some intakes released online, such as 606X’ intake. It’s extremely effective and has a lot of concepts you can adapt and use for your own purposes:

Another intake model that is simpler, though, is the Mentorbuilt intake. You can find that one on the forums easily, and it shows a simple floating intake that is nonetheless effective.

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I’m old enough to remember when these were the hot-new-intake trend for Spin UP

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My team is planning on using intake rollers since we don’t have flex wheels
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The compression is great, but like someone said above, flex wheels are the better option

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