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VEX EDR Project – Part II

IMG_0585From: VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics

VEX EDR Platform

Ok… this one is really fun to drive!  It looks so tough cruising around and sounds even better!

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Wheels and gears pulled off… Treads in place!
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This setup is allowing for quite a compact package allowing the Cortex and the battery to placed snugly into position.
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Bottom view showing the cleanliness of the bottom of the bot as well as the tucked-away position of the auxiliary battery inside the left tread (right side of image since it’s upside down).
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Ready for sensors and… Search & Rescue?

Project Plan:

This kit comes as what VEX Robotics calls a “Clawbot”. Having built one Clawbot from scratch and having repaired one that managed to get damaged in all it’s Robot Magazine endeavors, I am opting to take this kit into a basic square platform and work with the many Vex accessories available. Sensors, Tank Treads, Optional Wheel and drive configurations, etc.

Status:

Fully functional base platform complete with tank treads and operational in both RC and programmable modes.

Next Steps:

Addition of tank tread traction, sensors and corresponding tests.

Reader Input:

I will do my utmost to make progress on this project by next issue and report on what’s going on with it… the successes and failures. I sometimes learn more from a failure than from a success so let’s see how much of each we find. If something strikes you about this project… please email me at projects@botmag.com with what you think. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jeff

 

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