I'm repeatedly driven back to considering plastic conveyor belting for my robot's treads. Such as these:http://www.rctankcombat.com/articles/track-systems/
A local place called California Industrial Rubber has them, and they say they can build them with a rubber profile!
The only thing really holding me back is how noisy such plastic tracks would be. My robot, NINA V 0.1 uses 3" lynxmotion tracks right now and they make a really annoying sound!
But this article says plastic tracks and sprockets like these work "without a sound." I've already asked one assistant at CIR if they were pretty noisy and he said, "I'd imagine they would," but he sounded like he didn't know for sure. I picked up some while I was there and they made a light rattling noise, but they weren't quite as noisy as Lynxmotion tracks.
I sure wish there was a video where I could see such plastic tracks in action with sprockets...does anyone know for sure if such plastic conveyor belting systems would be any noisier than lynxmotion tracks? If they're quieter, I just might get them. They would have great tracking.
Thanks in advance!