I was wondering how many of the community members would like to see the following items added to a future vex line up.
Universal Joints. They provide the link when you can’t get the line up that you want. Packs of 8 for $34.99 would be a great bargain. Theres third party items that are roughly $3-5 per coupling. So thats in comarrison price wise. But it requires modifications to work with Vex.
Linear Screw Actuators. Great add on for using items that require linear movement. could be used in conjunction with the linear slides that are already available. Possible 2, 4, 6, inch lengths. Made similar to the pnumatic actuator but instead of air flow have a mount for the shaft to push into. Possible $49.99 a pair.
Shaft Coupling. This a slight chance that this would be a valid product due to the fact you can just cut a longer shaft, they cause weakness in the line. There could be some applications where a longer shaft could be disruptive in the assembly and replacement area and a coupling would ease the difficulty by allowing the longer shaft to be two sections.
pack of 4 for $9.99
Shaft Extenders. Due to lack of knowledge that they are actually called. They have 2 parts that allow for shrinkage and growing of a shaft. Example would be in a suspension system where shock will reduced with springs or other devices. allow the strech or contraction required for fluid motion. They would be best in 1, 2, and 3 inch travel range. Possible $19.99 a pair of 1 inch, $24.99 for 2 inch and $29.99 for 3 inch.
Shocks. Would be a good complement to the universals. They would allow limited travel for better traction and control of componets. These too would be great with the lengths and pricing of the above shaft extenders.
I don’t expect these items to be produced and placed for sale. As well as I’m not an expert in pricing manufactoring conditions. This could be well out of the scope of the abilities of the development team. I’m just tossing in ideas. It’s really hard to find a machinest that can create these items at this smaller size. It’s really a good idea for a person to purchase a hobby mill/lathe machine for $400- $1000 to be able to make these items yourself. Any feed back would be nice. I know John and Ricky will read this, so please post your thoughts on this. I’m not wanting definitive answers but mainly your thoughts and opinions. Thanks alot in advance.