Despite having identical gear ratios to, and smaller drive wheels than, my previous "rolling chassis" designs ("Spring Motor Rolling Chassis Version 2" here: https://www.youmagine.com/designs/spring-motor-rolling-chassis-version-2, and "PLA Spring Motor, Rolling Chassis" here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:430050), the Dual Mode Spring Motor Rolling Chassis out distances both thanks to it's dual mode operation.
The first mode is identical to the previous two rolling chassis designs, using a PLA spring to power the chassis. The second mode is new, "true coast". The previous two designs depended on the pawl releasing from the pawl gear to "coast", which, due to friction, limited the distance these vehicles would coast. "True coast" utilizes a floating pinion gear (I published a floating pinion demonstrator here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2025927). Under spring power, the rear axle is connected to the spring motor via the floating pinion gear and spring motor torque. When the spring energy is depleted, the floating pinion is disconnected from the rear axle by the rear axle gear itself, allowing the rear axle to free spin and the chassis to truly coast.
Video of the prototype is here:
Video of a comparison between the "Spring Motor Rolling Chassis Version 2" and the "Dual Mode Spring Motor Rolling Chassis" is here:
You will need to purchase four AS 568 #213 o-rings (1 3/16" O.D., 15/16" I.D., 1/8" diameter) and eight AS 568 #223 o-rings (1 7/8" O.D., 1 5/8" I.D., 1/8" diameter), which are available on line, and at plumbing supply / box stores.
Designed using Fusion 360, sliced using Cura 2.3.1, and printed in PLA on an Ultimaker 2+ Extended and an Ultimaker 3 Extended.
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