Stealing a patent

So, basically, I was researching for ways to improve my design when I came across a patent for a mechanism.
It looked easy enough for me to implement on my design, and I thought that it would massively improve the design.

Am I allowed to take ideas from a patent for VEX?
Should I contact the patent-owners first?
Would I get in trouble for using a patented idea for VEX?

As long as you are not using it for commercial uses such as profiting from the robot, then you don’t have to worry about copyright infringement.


Simplistic answer: you can’t sell something that has a patent without permission. For competition you can use it. Once you perfect the robot, write to the company and show them. You might find a sponsor!