New Products - June 2021

Two new products have just been added to the VEX Website.

First up, is a 10-Pack of Low Profile, High Strength, Clamping Shaft Collars. For those wondering, these are half the width of the existing High Strength Shaft Collars, and have a smaller effective diameter.

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The other new product is a pack of High Strength Shaft Bushings.

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These give teams more flexibility when building, and come in two different thicknesses (1/8" and 5/16").

Note that a 7/16" hole must be drilled in the structural piece before these bushings can be installed.

Both of these new products are now available on the US store. International availability will roll out over the coming weeks.

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This stuff looks dope, both of them seem very useful

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low strength bushings and real bearings when?

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You can already use these as low strength shaft bushings.

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Real bearings when you’re a VEX-U team :upside_down_face:

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True, but drilling round hole is so much easier than filing a square one.

However, thanks to a new R12 wording you can now buy any 3rd party washers for vex legal screw sizes:

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Including these nylon sleeve washers from McMaster.

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I don’t know if I would call that sleeve washer a washer or a non-threaded spacer, but both are legal, so that should be good to go…

How do those sleeve washers not add additional functionality from standard Vex components? Just because it has washer in the description does not make it legal. As a ref inspecting robotis, I would not pass those.

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It doesn’t because you could turn down an (almost) identical part out of Vex’s nylon spacers on a lathe, and you could get a perfectly identical part if you used 3rd party spacers with a smaller hole as the vex spacers have quite a bit of slop in them.

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It’s always good to take a picture of the student doing this, both for the EN and to show an inspector if there is a question.

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2 more products have just been added to the VEX Website, and these are pretty exciting.

First up is the V5 GPS Sensor!
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This sensor can be used to know your robot’s location on the field at all times, and can be used to aid in programming advanced autonomous routines. We especially can’t wait to see how this sensor raises the level of the Programming Skills Competition!

In conjunction with the GPS Sensor are the strips used to outfit an existing VRC Field Perimeter with VEX GPS Field Code V2.
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We are now taking pre-orders for both of these products. We expect to start shipping both of them in late July / early August.

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VRC legal?

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Will field code be required for VRC fields? The GPS sensor is useless for VRC if it’s not.

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If it’s required for this years game it will be in the game elements box.

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I think the sensor has an unfortunate name. To all of us GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It’s a system that uses a set of satellites and some fancy math for the receiver to be able to locate within a 16’ circle.

The Vex sensor uses the coded strips on the wall to figure out the position of the robot using a vision sensor.

Maybe a better name is VPS visual position sensor, or Vex Position Sensor. RPS for Robot?

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In terms of a VEX robot, is position relative to the field not “global” enough for you?

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Wait, what?!?!

Does this mean that all of my hard fought work trying to learn how to program odometry has been rendered useless (at least in VEX)?

And I was finally figuring it out. :rage:

On the other hand, AWESOME! NEW SENSOR!

EDIT:
Ok, I spent some time looking at the sizable $200 price tag and realized that odometry is still useful.

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Will it be required on all fields or just the skills ones?

Or none?
Pretty sure that’s what he meant lol

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They should either make it illegal, or required. It could give a team an advantage or a disadvantage if some field their code just wouldn’t work on, but others it would be superior