Our team ordered pneumatics about a month ago and we aren’t sure if they’ll arrive before states (March 13th). Now we are looking into buying them used or from an alternate source. We looked at the VRC Pneumatics Order Sheet that was posted on the forum and the links lead to SMC Pneumatics.
We have some questions about this. Who is SMC Pneumatics and are their parts Vex legal? (specifically the ones linked to in the sheet)
If I order the solenoid driver cables from the Vex website like the sheet says, what other parts do I need to have a running pneumatics system? I’m looking for the equivalent of a double acting pneumatics kit from the Vex website.
Take a look at this table. The stuff about being in stock may not apply anymore. The advantage of this is that you can buy how much of whatever you need, and don’t have to limit yourself to what vex sells.
SMC pneumatics is the company that manufactures the products that Vex is selling in their pneumatics kits. Another potential source is radwell.com and motion industries.com , both are industrial suppliers. Both the game manual and the q&A make it clear that SMC components with the exact same part number are legal.
The part vexteamz posted are completely illegal, the only way to get the bikepump fitting is by doing a bulk order from Shrader pacific. A bulk order for them is something like $250 of bikepump fittings for them to even consider it.
Thanks for the help everyone. Since it seems like it will take a minimum of 4 weeks for the parts to come from SMC we’re just going to hold out hope that the pneumatics we ordered in January will come in time. My mentor called the people from iDesign and they say it should come in a few weeks. We should just barely get them in time.