CAD software: links, tutorials, tips

VEX w/ Fusion 360 Tutorials

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Preparing for the competition day

References (redundant?):
101 Things I Wish I'd Known Before My First VEX Tournament
Advice for first competition?

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Tips on how competition works

To be expanded:

  • Qualifications
  • Scouting
  • Alliance selection
  • BO1
  • Skills
  • Judging
  • Who qualifies
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Beyond the competition

What else is there in VRC beyond going to competitions?

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School based vs independent team / fundraising


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Tips for organizing the team

Getting Started in Robotics (Tips and Advice)

List of products/items to purchase?
What parts should I not buy?

Should this be here or moved up to post 25?
Help motivating procrastinators to do their job
How to help combat un-involved team members

How many people on a team?

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Sort tools in order of importance…
Add pictures?

  • wrenches 1/4, 11/32
  • screwdrivers hex (5/64,3/32), star (T?)
  • pliers, needlenose pliers, diagonal cutters, etc…
  • tabletop grinder
  • dremel

Custom Tools:


Don’t strip screw heads - sharpen Hex screwdrivers regularly!

Safety considerations:

Wear goggles!!!

Color coding screwdrivres and wrenches:

Special tools

Insert puller:


Drilling template:



Bearing cutting template:




Alternative part sources

VEX Cost Reductions
Vex Low Cost Identical Legal Parts Compilation
Cheaper Option for Nylon Washers

Cheap Alternative Tiles


Reserved for all Omni tank drive

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Reserved for X-Drive wiki entry

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Reserved for H-Drive wiki entry

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Reserved for Mecanum wheels drivetrain wiki entry

Code examples:

A Holonomic drive is free to move in any direction without having to rotate around its axis.

One form consists of 3 or 4 omniwheels mounted at angles to each other. It is good for lateral movement, and increases speed and power of turns. However, linear drive speed and power are decreased since some or all of the powered wheels run at angles to the bot’s motion. All wheels must be omni wheels in order for this drive to function. The 4-wheel version is referred to as " X-Drive".

Another omniwheel Holonomic drive is the “H-Drive”, where 1 omniwheel is placed at right angles to the other four conventionally mounted omniwheels.

Mecanum drive is holonomic drive where four mechanum wheels are placed in a tank drive format. The wheels should look like this when looking from top:
Like all holonomic drives, mechanum bots can strafe, and does so with a simple rectangular base. However, mechanum wheels have rollers that slip, reducing traction and pushing power.


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Are tracked vehicles viable in Vex?


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Reserved for comparison of the VEX wheel types

Conversion of the robot weight into tractive force:


Reserved for discussion of the Claw (intake)

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Reserved for Side Rollers wiki entry

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