One of the strategic goals laid out was to score in the high goal from the starting location. Designing a flywheel shooter was the direction we chose to prototype.
No jamming - pieces are pretty compliant so worried they will be easier to jam up
Shoot from starting location - need to reach the goal from the starting location to match strategy
Shoot consistently - be able to hit the same spot repeatedly to make alignment easier
We chose the linear shooter because it was the simplest to construct and package in the time required.
There are three types of linear shooters we wanted to test with the rings: single fly wheel, double flywheel, and a single flywheel with accelerator wheel.
The first prototype used an UltraPlanetary Gearbox on an HD Hex Motor that was mounted to extrusion. Compression plays a role in the speed the rings exit the shooter however this stayed constant as the gear ratios were swapped out. Testing for the shooter is in the video below.
Since the goal of this mechanism was to have a powerful shooter that could consistently fire a full-court shot into the high goal. We deemed that it was necessary to fire the ring as close to laser-like as possible to make aiming and programming easier. This necessitated beefing up the framework, adding ball bearings, and having the UltraPlanetary Gearbox running as a direct drive onto the HD Hex Motor.
An important concept to understand when designing a shooter is that the game piece will generally shoot better the longer the amount of time that it is being accelerated. For this reason, this mechanism uses two motors, both on 1:1 ratios. Each motor directly drives one grip wheel. The first wheel accelerates the ring to a certain speed, and the second motor accelerates the ring from that speed to a very fast final speed. To add weight to the fly wheel 86 Tooth Metal Gears were inset to the wheel allowing it to keep inertia when it was in contact with a ring.
The ring rolls against the 15x30mm extrusion as it is being accelerated by the wheel. The compression of the ring against the grip wheels can be adjusted by sliding the 15x30mm extrusion along the bottom extrusion rails. An adjustable amount of compression is an important factor when designing prototypes. This mechanism was designed robustly because any amount of compliance in the system will likely result in inconsistencies in the shot.
Getting the 1:1 ratio on the motors is simple! The following table is a list of all REV products need to get the 1:1 ratio for one motor.