FIRST Report: Drivetrain Concept Explored on Chief Delphi

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In the latest feed from Chief Delphi, this post caught my eye. Thought this would be a good entry for the weekly RobotNext FIRST Report.  At RobotNext, we are using Tuesdays as our weekly update for FIRST robotics.  Watch here for information that might be useful to your FIRST Robotics Challenge team. 

So, in this entry, there is a design for a very interesting drivetrain concept.  To quote from the post: 

"Lately several members of the team have been discussing the possibility of doing a wooden drive platform with a live axle system. This is one rendition of the concept that I came up with."

Click on small photo above for a link to the original post on Chief Delphi if you want to see the original and larger version of the design.

This drivetrain is built around the idea of being simple.  Using only basic tools and commonly available materials to construct it, the platform is lightweight and uncomplicated.

"For this particular version I was trying to cut manufacturing down to a minimum. Ideally it could be built with a drill press and a bandsaw (or even a hand drill and a hacksaw), but there are some details that still need to be worked out."

Check out the original post below on the Chief Delphi site:

pic: Drivetrain Concept
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Mon, 27 Oct 2008 05:21:17 GMT

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Comments

  1. Hinoki Sai says

    Wow. that’s pretty awesome. That kind of building will cut down on a lot of weight. I remember our team cutting holes every spot we could get just to bring the weight down. lol. Those were the days.

  2. This would cut down alot of weight, plus make it easier to build without having expensive machines to cut, bend or drill into.

  3. I dont know, I imagine it would have to be a piece of very good wood. The way the competitions are can get crazy, wood will splinter and split if you not careful with it. But well worth a try to save on weight.

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