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Encoder Mount


Entry ID #: 8752
Created: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 7:33 PM

The optical shaft encoder is one of the most important sensors to include on a vex robot. The sensor measure speed and distance of the shaft by using coding. Many Vex teams use the sensor on their drive train to incorporate rotation and distance into their PID code.

The functionality of the sensor itself is phenomenal, but the casing for the hardware has a complicating design that only includes screw mounts for one side of the encoder. This can cause inconsistencies like friction or uneven elevation of the axel to give inaccurate readings on the encoder. The encoder includes a cap to access the sensor inside, so I designed the part to fit in like the cap.