Can zip ties be functional?

  1. 10 months ago

    Owenasian

    12 Nov 2017 Logan, Utah 185B

    i Want to make a side roller bot and I am wondering if it is legal to use zip ties as the flaps to grab the cone.

  2. NightsRosario

    12 Nov 2017 Reisterstown/Catonsville, MD 3922A

    It is perfectly legal

  3. @Owenasian i Want to make a side roller bot and I am wondering if it is legal to use zip ties as the flaps to grab the cone.

    As I understand the rules, you can use zip ties for mechanically functional things (like flaps, etc.) so long as they are identical to the ones Vex sells. https://www.vexrobotics.com/zip-ties.html

    However, other types and sizes of zip ties can be used for securing electrical wiring as per rule R<7> L, which states, "Commercially available items used solely for the purpose of bundling or wrapping of 2-wire, 3-wire, 4-wire cables, and pneumatic tubing, for the purposes of protection, organization, or management are allowed....."

    I wanted to add that stipulation so you would not use, for example, extra large or extra small zip ties for a mechanical application and find out they are not allowed except for wiring applications.

  4. Owenasian

    12 Nov 2017 Logan, Utah 185B

    Thanks for this

    @FullMetalMentor As I understand the rules, you can use zip ties for mechanically functional things (like flaps, etc.) so long as they are identical to the ones Vex sells. https://www.vexrobotics.com/zip-ties.html

    However, other types and sizes of zip ties can be used for securing electrical wiring as per rule R<7> L, which states, "Commercially available items used solely for the purpose of bundling or wrapping of 2-wire, 3-wire, 4-wire cables, and pneumatic tubing, for the purposes of protection, organization, or management are allowed....."

    I wanted to add that stipulation so you would not use, for example, extra large or extra small zip ties for a mechanical application and find out they are not allowed except for wiring applications.

 

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