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VEX V5 Controller Lanyard Holder

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8931F Firewall
Entry ID #: 7423
Created: Sat, Jan 11, 2020 4:46 PM


VEX V5 Controller Lanyard Holder

By Jordan Cantu

8931F Vbots Jolt

 


Introduction:

The motivation to create this part was to make VEX Robotic Competition competitors jobs a lot easier during competitions. I know as a competitor, there are 2 ways to hold a V5 controller when you are going to and from a match at a competition. 1. One person carries the robot and another person carries the controller. 2. The V5 controller is put inside the robot as you are transporting it. But these two ways can have a down side. First, one person forgets their controller when the match is about to start, so the match will or might be delayed. Secondly, maybe the robot is not capable of holding the controller within it. The reason why I made this is because this year I found that online and on social media, there are more one man teams, than in the past. So, I just felt like I needed to help them in some way.  So, I came up with this.

I call it the Vex V5 Controller Lanyard Holder. This is like the V5 stuff controller add-ons,  similarto the one that was inthe online challenge last year, but I redesigned the idea, so it can carry a Vex V5 Controller on a lanyard, on a piece string or on a small carabiner. So you can carry it around your neck or clip it to your clothing, such as belt loops.

 

 


Process:

During the process of creating this part, I used Autodesk Inventor Professional and Fusion 360 ( Version 2.0.7046 ) . Which both were useful.

I began by importing the files on V5 stuff controller add-ons, so I could start designing my part. But the problem was, all parts were in Fusion, not Inventor.  So, I exported all the files as Inventor files. Then I started to create my part.

First, I began by taking the clamshell form part and put a plane in the middle of the part. Next, I made a small circle that is inside a larger circle that was a little bit extended away from the part and extruded the open area between the small and larger circle, in an asymmetic direction and with the same distances so that would be the hole that you would put a lanyard on or the piece of string through. Next, I made a piece that connects the hole to the part, and then extruded it the same distance so it has enough thickness to not break. Finally, I filleted/rounded the edge of the part, so it has a smooth touch.

That was for the Lanyard Holder with trigger add-ons. I also made a lanyard holder without the trigger add-ons for competitors that don't use the trigger add-ons. For that, I  made a copy of the part I just made, and cut the holes for the trigger add-ons and filleted the edges as well.

So, now you have two different types of V5 Controller Lanyard Holder. One with trigger add-ons and one without.

 

 


Conclusions:

This project helped me improve my CAD design and modeling skills. There were some difficulties with making the part. But, overall I think it looks great and I think it will be used a lot by Robotic Competitors in VEX Robotics Competitions and VEX U.

I will definitely be continuing to use CAD software in the future, both for designing parts for competitive robotics and personal projects. Knowing how to use 3D design software can never hurt, especially as my current career path is in Engineering.


Notes:

You don't need to 3d print screws or nuts, you can use vex screws and nuts.

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