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V5 Vision Sensor Protective Lens

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Connor
Entry ID #: 6070
Created: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 4:46 PM


V5 Vision Sensor Protective Lens As many VEX Students, Teachers, Clubs, and Organizations are moving into V5 and are now trying out and learning from the new sensors V5 offers, there has been a great deal of money spent to enforce such changes. Because switching to a new system is expensive, as well as trying out new products can be pricy too, it would be best suitable to take care of the V5 system as much as possible. But despite taking care of such an expensive system, we cannot be cleansed by the fact that we all make mistakes, and that simple mistake could cost a great deal of money from the club or organization. A good example could be seen by the vulnerability of the camera on the V5 vision sensor. The V5 Vision Sensor costs more than $60, and a simple scratch or thumbprint can diminish or completely disable the effectiveness of the Vision Sensor. As many cameras such as the Go Pro, Canon, etc. have their own protective lens, why doesn't VEX have one for theirs? Welp, I guess it's time... I would like to introduce you the V5 Vision Sensor Protective Lens. The Vision Sensor Protective Lens is a snap-on snap-off piece of plastic with protective non-shattering glass that protects the Vision Sensor. If the Protective Lens get scratched, just buy new lens compared to buying a completely new Vision Sensor. The lens uses the snap-slits on the sides of the vision sensor to easily place and remove the piece, and they come in three types as well! The first type (white) is normal protective lens. This is built primarily to protect the vulnerable Vision Sensor camera. The second type (red) is fisheye lens to give the vision sensor a broader view to get more in the picture. The third type (blue) is rectilinear lens that allows more detail and zooms into a smaller area to see a specific object in more detail for increased precision. This CAD is made in Tinkercad Version 4.4, which the version was made on 12/19/2018. Due to time constraints and lack of school-support, I am not able to recieve autodesk Inventor or Fusion 360 because it is too expensive. I started by downloading the Vision Sensor as a .stl file, then uploaded a to-scale version to the Tinkercad In-Browser software. I built around the Vision Sensor with a mind-set knowing that I needed a specific way to connect the lens. After looking around the object, I noticed two obvious clip holes that I could take advantage of. I built around those holes and then connected the lens to the clips in a clean manner. Although I wanted to test the design in real life, I do not own a 3D printer, so this is more or less what I have and I hope it turns out well.  I have learned many things throughout this project. I was pleasantly suprised by the outcome. Although I am not able to render such an object, It still turned out well by taking a screenshot of the clip on the Vision Sensor Camera. I really really hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to use more of Autodesk's programs, and although we are a two-man team I bet we will have the time to use 3D design software in the future. My career path is more or less focused on Robotics Engineering, similar to what VEX Robotics is. Learning to CAD is definitely a must, plus it is cost-efficient in terms of a larger scale production. By creating objects in a virtual world that is only being paid by an electric bill, it will cut down costs substantially, and as technology moves onwards this is definitely going to be used in College all the way up to the most advanced Engineer Coorporations.

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