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Traction Wheel


Entry ID #: 2147
Created: Mon, Jan 11, 2016 4:16 PM

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow I wish that the generic VEX wheels had more traction”, well do we have the solution for you! This new wheel is specifically designed for picking up and shooting the foam balls for the VEX “Nothing but Net” competition. This will give you the maximum amount of traction to shoot the balls farther. They can also be used as an intake to pick up the balls. These wheels have a depth of .5 inches and a diameter of 2.6 inches. This part was made using the Autodesk inventor software. It was designed by using an assortment of 2D rectangles, circles, arcs, lines, triangles and 3D extrusions. I will use inventor in the future to design new VEX pieces. Inventor can help my competitive robotics team because we can use the program to design our pieces and then put them together so we can see how they work. This part was made in a perfectly minimalistic form as to minimize possible machinery failures. The wheel uses a standard size axel for easy compatibility. Learning how to use Inventor will help me in my career path because I plan to design rockets after college, and in Inventor I can design the parts and put them together. This wheel can be used for more than just the VEX “Nothing but Net” competition and I hope that by designing this wheel I can help other people with traction problems with their robot.  


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