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TECH CENTRE CASE STUDY Teach Design ltd 3D printing with VEX and VEX IQ The VEX and VEX IQ robotics systems offer many opportunities for 3D printing. At.

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1 TECH CENTRE CASE STUDY Teach Design ltd 3D printing with VEX and VEX IQ The VEX and VEX IQ robotics systems offer many opportunities for 3D printing. At Clevedon School staff and students have been experimenting with 3D printing custom parts. VEX- Background Our STEM club received a VEX kit via an Autodesk grant. The students were required to build a robot and enter into the regional competition. But everything didn’t go to plan! At the time the provided kits were to build a Protobot, the students decided very early in the build process that they wanted to be a bit different and to build a Clawbot instead. Partway into the build they realised their mistake… the kit didn’t contain a claw! So, they were challenged to make their Teach Design 2014 | Company No | Vat No | CubeX and Cube 3D Printer Clevedon Tech Centre by Mr D White(Coordinator) May 2014 With thanks to Building the claw After searching online the students found that all the VEX parts were available for download… so why not 3D print the parts? Although the original parts are printable most are quite challenging, requiring internal and external support material, so the students redesigned the parts for easier printing. Carbomorph The students had been recording their progress with a team blog, they regularly posted about their developments. This came to the attention of Dr Simon Leigh at Warwick University who was engaged in a research project to develop a 3D printable electrically conductive polymer- Carbomorph. Dr Leigh contacted the team and showed them the polymer and the students came up with the idea of printing touch sensors for the claw!

2 TECH CENTRE CASE STUDY Teach Design ltd VEX IQ- Background With the introduction of VEX IQ our students realised that the plastic construction method lends itself to printing custom parts. All the original VEX IQ parts are available for download and can easily be modified using CAD software. This page illustrates a few of the initial experiments with making 3D printed VEX IQ parts from Clevedon Teach Design 2014 | Company No | Vat No | CubeX and Cube 3D Printer Clevedon Tech Centre by Mr D White(Coordinator) May 2014 With thanks to Pusher This part was designed for fixing to the front of a robot… ideal for making a “fooballbot”. Buckyball Not having a buckyball in the VEX IQ Clawbot kit our students decided to make their own Omnidirectional wheels A more complex design but simplified and modified for 3D printing Pusher and digger Replacing the claw with a digger bucket provides a solution for picking up small objects Note that 3D printed parts are not “legal” for VEX and VEX IQ competitions! VEX and VEX IQ part downloads VEX IQ VEX


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