The End of the Road… For Now

This is the last day of Build Blitz. We’ve learned a lot about Rover Ruckus this week, some of which will lead to new products down the road! We hope that there are at least a few things you can take away from Build Blitz.

Yesterday, we started (and finished) the CAD for a robot taking into account some of the lessons learned from our prototype robot. We also went ahead and made some parts that you can download and 3D print to use on your own robot. Those parts include:

As for the robot, here’s what the final product looks like

We made some other general improvements to the robot such as bringing the intake wheels back inside the frame. We also opened up the area between the wheels to make it harder to rake objects out of the Crater, added a legal FTC control system and added guides to keep Minerals in the conveyor.

You can download the full robot CAD assembly here. Note, that there are still some improvements you can make on your own.

For example, we only use 4 of our allotted 8 motors. You can certainly upgrade the 393 Motors to the AndyMark NeveRest, Rev HD Hex or Tetrix TORQUEnado to get a little extra performance out of these mechanisms. Who knows, we might even talk about some of these upgrade during the fall.

Lastly, keep an eye out this Fall for the return of our ‘Tip Tuesday’ series where we’ll talk about tips and cool applications for different VEX products. If you have ideas for a video, or want to know more about a particular product, be sure to share them with us through our Twitter and Facebook channels. We can’t wait to hear from you!