Entry ID #: 1433
Created: Tue, Jan 13, 2015 1:47 PM
Once every other match, either our team or our alliance encountered difficulties with wires becoming unplugged or tangled. Many times those unfortunate problems hindered us from advancing further in the tournament. Through a series of brainstorming sessions, we thought of ways to combat the uncooperative wires and to find an effective solution to replace zip ties. Together, we thought of many ideas including using different localized brains, which would reduce the amount of wires going to the centralized brain. Also, we thought of a way to reduce the possibility of wires becoming unplugged, but that would only resolve half of the solution. Finally, we came up with a solution similar to a preexisting VEX part that would both replace the zip tie and ensure that the wires are not unplugged during matches. The part is based on a plus gusset, but has two opposite square pieces cut off. It’s placed where there’s a cluster of wires; from there, wires can be tied down. We called this adaptation the Wire Gusset. CAD Software: Autodesk Inventor 2013 Step-by-Step Design Process: Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Youtube Video: iMovie
Here is our VEX Robotics Engineering CAD Challenge Report. It will explain how the new part would be used and how it fits with other VEX parts and how we used CAD software (Autodesk Inventor) as part of the process we followed to create our new part. At the end, we included images or drawings of our design and the design process.