This chat group is a discussion of minor or major annoyances or inconveniences with VEX parts and/or building with them. They could be major flaws or minor things that everyone takes for granted (but should be fixed).
The point of this chat is to collect negatives in one place so that VEX can see and try to solve some of the problems that are brought up here.
This is my husband’s pet peeve, too! It bugs him that it leads to slop in builds due to the hole size. He’s proposed an insert that would eliminate the slop - but rounds holes would be a much simpler solution. DUH!
I hate that the bearing flats don’t actually sit flat against the inside of a c-channel when you put them up against the 1x side. If you want to do this you have to file the side of the bearing flat which is a huge annoyance.
What’s funny about this is that we were cleaning our basement a few weeks ago and throwing away old toys the girls didn’t play with anymore. One of which was an erector set. I have to say that after working with Vex parts, the erector sets truly suck. No other way to say it. I guess it has to do with the fact that erector sets cost so much less - but, wow, Vex is superior!
I have a hard time believing it’s a patent issue, mainly because some of the platforms we were allowed to use in FTC (e.g. TETRIX or Actobotics) had round holes. Not sure what counts as a defining characteristic though.
I wonder if they could solve this problem by simply allowing teams to use #10 screws. It would require a few strokes of a round file to expand the holes, but at least it would eliminate the slop and not require a massive design change.