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Vexplorer Project – Part I

VexplorerFrom: The Robot Magazine Shelves & VEX Robotics

Ok… This is a “Make Something Out Of What’s Laying Around” sort of thing. In this case, we had a quite old Vexplorer robot which had missing and broken parts. We also had an older VEX PIC Micro-controller and Wireless Transmitter & Receiver Kit. So… let’s see what can be done with this one.

Project Plan:

Complete dis-assembly and inspection of Vexplorer components. Complete chassis rebuild with strength added to the drive-train, with an eye toward upgrading the motors and anything else it might need in order to make it a solid robotic project platform.

Status:

Vexplorer Partially Disassembled

Next Steps:

Complete Dis-assembly, Inspection and Retrofitting of rolling chassis.

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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