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1 Build the Tumbler

2 Build the Tumbler Performance Objective: Given a VEX robotics system, build the Tumbler to the specifications in the Guide for Building the Protobot and Tumbler. Enabling Objectives: identify the following VEX parts: angle (chassis bumper), rail, plate, standoff, shaft, nut, 6-32 x ¼ motor screw, spacer, 8-32 x ¼ screw, 8-32 x 3/8 screw, 8-32 x ½ screw, delrin bearing flat (bushing), plastic rivets, motor, motor clutch, battery tie on or battery strap, large 5” wheels, micro controller, collar identify the following tools: Hex wrench (Allen wrench), open end wrench, nut driver explain how metal VEX structure components are described or named explain the advantages and disadvantages of KEPS versus Nylock nuts and VEX rivets versus screws

3 VEX parts The majority of the components used as structure components are made from sheetmetal These pieces (either steel or aluminum) come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are suited to different functions

4 Required parts A B Standoff used to offset one structure from another
Standoffs come in varying lengths B) Shaft used as an axle for a wheel, gear, sprocket, etc shafts come in varying lengths

5 D) C-Channel E) Angle (chassis bumper)
Required parts A B C D E Plate B) Bar C)Rail D) C-Channel E) Angle (chassis bumper)

6 Describing structure components
VEX structure components are describe by their shape and the number of holes they have The piece to the left is describe as a C-Channel 1x2x1x35

7 Required parts There are two types of screws that are part of the VEX Robotics Design System Size 8-32 screws are the primary screws used to build robot structure Size 6-32 screws are smaller screws which are used for specialty applications like mounting the VEX Motors and Servos 6-32 x 1/4 motor screw 8-32 x 3/8 screw 8-32 x ½ screw 8-32 x 1/4 screw The 8 and 6 refer to the nominal diameter of the screw The 32 refers to the number of threads per inch of the screw The fraction (e.g. 1/4, 1/2) refers to the length of the screw

8 Required parts When using screws to attach things together, there are two types of nuts which can be used KEPS nut Nylock nut Nylock nuts have a plastic nylon insert in them which will prevent them from unscrewing These are harder to install, but will not come off due to vibration or movement KEPS nuts have a ring of “teeth” on one side of them, These teeth will grip the piece they are being installed on These nuts are installed with the teeth facing the structure These nuts are easily installed, but can loosen up over time

9 Required parts Spacers come in varying sizes
Collar Spacers Spacers come in varying sizes Spacers are used to add or fill a gap where needed Collars are placed on shafts (axle) The set screw (8-32) can be tightened to prevent the shaft from sliding

10 Required parts Delrin bearing flat Plastic rivet Bearing flats are used when placing a shaft through a square metal hole The bearing flat supports the axle while providing a round hole for the axel to rotate These are really bushings Plastic rivets are used to attach bearing flats to metal structure (screws are recommended over rivets, because screws hold tighter and are more secure)

11 Battery with battery tie on
Required parts Motor with clutch Wheel Battery with battery tie on Motors are used to turn axles The green clutch is used to prevent the motor from becoming over loaded, and stripping the plastic gears inside Wheels come in various sizes, the large 5” knobby wheel is used on the Tumbler The battery tie on straps can be screwed onto a metal structure and can hold the battery in place VEX straps are a good substitute

12 VEX Cortex micro controller
Required parts The micro controller is the brain of the robot The micro controller receives the program from the computer which will allow you to control the robot Motors and sensors are wired to (plugged into) the micro controller VEX Cortex micro controller

13 Required tools Hex wrenches are used to tighten screws
Open end wrench Nut driver Hex wrenches are used to tighten screws A 5/64” hex is used for 6-32 motor screws and collar set screws A 3/32” hex is used for 8-32 screws Open end wrenches are used to tighten nuts or prevent nuts from spinning while tightening screws Nut drivers are also used to tighten nuts or prevent nuts from spinning while tightening screws Nut drivers tend to be more efficient

14 Build the Tumbler To build the Tumbler you will need the Guide for Building the Protobot and Tumbler Follow the steps to build the Tumbler beginning on page 29 Stop after step 11 on page 38 Once you have completed step 11, continue onto the next slide of the PowerPoint

15 Adding the micro controller
Position the Cortex Micro Controller on the top of the Tumbler chassis as shown below

16 Adding the micro controller
Add four (4) screws and nuts in the four corners of the micro controller

17 Add the battery tie ons Add two battery tie ons to the bottom of the Tumbler, using two (2) screws and nuts for each tie on

18 Insert the battery Using the battery tie ons, attach a 7.2 V battery pack to the Tumbler

19 Plug the motors into the micro controller
Take notice of the white, black and red wires, be sure the white wire is toward the inside of the micro controller Insert the left side motors into ports 2 and 3 Insert the right side motors into ports 4 and 5

20 Almost there You are done building the Tumbler, and are about ready to drive it! Show the completed Tumbler to the instructor before continuing onto lesson 1.3 – Operate the Tumbler using a jumper pin

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