With the addition of strafing and all that, can we have mechanum wheels or swerve drives?

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  1. Sea_Kerman

    Sea_Kerman Well-Known Member

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    Mechanum wheels


    Swerve drive (I actually drove around in that last spring)


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  2. Lord Zarnox

    Lord Zarnox Founder of the IFTTES

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    I think I've suggested meccanum wheels before. They would probably go to GeoCorp, due to their industrial uses.

     
  3. Soviet_Samuelson

    Soviet_Samuelson Getting a permit to life in a jolly box

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    yees, but also maybe gso? for less boringness?

     
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    AstraTheDragon A festive dragon

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    In my opinion, Mechanum would be too subtle to fit with TerraTech. In order to control planes, massive flaps are moved to large angles for the slightest manoeuvres and resources are zooped into collectors at a few Gees. Animations in TerraTech are very pronounced and give instant feedback; all changes are (usually) noticeable. I think the simple design of Mechanum wheels could possibly be unnoticed and the mechanical feasibility of them would be misconstrued.

    I think swerve drive would fit in much better, but would obviously require new wheels that would pronounce it well. (Imagine a GSO Little Trekker wheel rotating around like that.)

    All of this is merely theoretical suggestion, and I was under the impression that strafe controls was for activating propellers and steering hovers, but these suggestions are pretty cool (and the videos are fascinating!)

     
  5. Fehn

    Fehn Medicinal M1A1 Abrams

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    Simple solution: Spherical wheels.
    They don't even need to be animated if they're monochromatic.

     
  6. Sea_Kerman

    Sea_Kerman Well-Known Member

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    I think something like the vex mechanums, with perhaps even only 6 rollers are unsubtle enough.[​IMG]
    It's pretty obvious that this isn't a normal wheel.

     
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    Lord Zarnox Founder of the IFTTES

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  8. Sea_Kerman

    Sea_Kerman Well-Known Member

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    But that's booooooorrrrriiinngg!

     
  9. Sea_Kerman

    Sea_Kerman Well-Known Member

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    Design concepts for the swerves coming soon

     
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    Lord Zarnox Founder of the IFTTES

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    Better Future have subtle designs, and a spherical wheel would fit in aesthetically with all their smooth curves.

     
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    Sea_Kerman Well-Known Member

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    Geo should have the big chunky industrial-looking mechanums and swerves then[​IMG]

     
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  12. zanzistar

    zanzistar PAYLOAD STUDIOS

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    Ooo! I forgot about these! We didn't do them before because we didn't have Strafe. That's exciting isn't it?

     
  13. Soviet_Samuelson

    Soviet_Samuelson Getting a permit to life in a jolly box

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    Yeesss

     
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    Sea_Kerman Well-Known Member

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    Advantages of mechanum:
    Fast, agile, can switch directions with freedom
    Disadvantages: weak, low grip means less power
    Have to be used in multiples of 4

    Advantages of swerve:
    Strong, powerful, all-terrain (as all-terrain as it gets), can also be placed on the front and back of a tech
    Disadvantages:
    Need to wait for wheels to rotate into place before changing direction
    Rather complex and difficult to program from a robotics point of view (why my robotics team doesn’t use it)

     
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  15. bloodvrtx

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    This is exactly what I thought when I saw that strafing was added!
    Great to see People are already considering this Idea
    While there are already a lot of Wheel types being discussed here, I have one more Option that would fit well with GSO in my opinion:

    [​IMG]
    (Also where the other designs fit best in my opinion: mechanum - GC; ball wheels - Venture; swerve - Hawkeye)

     
  16. Fireheart318

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    Why not T-180 wheels? Basically, they always face forward no matter how sideways the vehicle itself is. Combine that with a jet engine to actually steer the car and you've got the Mach 6. I'd imagine the weird steering aspects would be controlled with wasd + ijkl
    https://giant.gfycat.com/AgreeableImaginativeDugong.webm
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    Ideally, I'd go with everything here. Who said we needed to pick just one?

     
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  17. Legionite

    Legionite Carrier Aircraft AI

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    I'm surprised everyone forgot about omniwheels
    OmniWheel.jpg

    They can work while not diagonal too.
    An excuse to place your wheels sideways lol
    Super Reticule Research


     
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    Nah, it would break it's character.
    They are Generic Space Operations for a reason eh

     
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    Sea_Kerman Well-Known Member

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    Those are just swerve drive.

     
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  20. Lord Zarnox

    Lord Zarnox Founder of the IFTTES

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    I did think about them, but they require angled offsets from each other to allow strafing, although they would compliment meccanum wheels as a middle pair for 6 (or more) wheeled techs.

     
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