## Can Mecanum wheels move diagonally?

Because of their unique shape, mecanum wheels allow for omnidirectional movement (forwards, backwards, sideways, diagonally, rotating, etc.). These wheels work by applying a force at a 45 degree angle to the rotation of the wheel. Combinations of these forces allow the robot to move in different directions.

## How do you use VEX Mecanum wheels?

Mecanum wheels allow savvy robot designers to create drivetrains capable of moving in any direction using a standard chassis shape. Simply power each wheel with a different motor and change the directions the wheels spin to get your robot to move in different directions!

How do Mecanum wheels work FTC?

Mecanum drive is a very popular drive train in FTC. Mecanum drive enables holonomic movement. This means that the drivetrain is able move in any direction while rotating: forwards, backwards, side to side, translating while rotating, etc.

How do you strafe with Mecanum wheels?

The left side wheels create a force that opposes the right side wheels and the two forces cancel out and the robot drives straight. The way we achieve strafing with mecanum wheels is by having all of the arrows face to the left. So, for this we would have to reverse the left-front wheel and the right-rear wheel.

### Do Mecanum wheels need to be in a square?

Mecanums do not have to be in a square pattern (wheelbase), though it may help turning to have that. The rollers may form either an X or an O; this may be judged based on contact pattern or on looking at the top view (which is the opposite of the contact pattern).

### What is the disadvantage of a mecanum drive system?

Disadvantages are weight (commercially available wheels are ridiculously heavy) and cost. For a given tread material traction will be along the lines of 65-70% that of a regular wheel due to the smaller contact area and 45% rollers.

How do you make Mecanum wheels at home?

Make a barrel shaped roller of length 5cm long with 4cm width at the centre and 3cm width on the edges as shown in the figure. Cut the pieces using hacksaw and use sand paper to clean any rough edges. Each wheel requires eight rollers and hence a total of 32 for four wheels.

How does Mecanum wheel work?

Mecanum wheels have rollers positioned at 45 degrees from the axis of rotation. This transfers the force from the rotation of the wheel by the motor 45 degrees from the axis of rotation. When you power each wheel independently and vary the speed and direction the wheels rotate, you can achieve omnidirectional motion.

## What is Mecanum drive?

Mecanum drive is a method of driving using specially designed wheels that allow the robot to drive in any direction without changing the orientation of the robot. A robot with a conventional drivetrain (4 or six wheels) must turn in the direction it needs to drive.

## Why are Mecanum wheels used?

Mecanum wheels give vehicles/robots omni-***directional capabilities, while regular wheels don’t. The omni-***directionality that such wheels provide makes the vehicle extremely maneuverable, which could be helpful in different indoor and outdoor applications.

How do mecanum wheels work FTC?