The project concentrates on the design and manufacture of a TD Tumbler using VEX robotics parts. The build is relatively simple ensuring success for all pupils new to VEX robotics. Once the build is complete, pupils must design and create a unique RobotC program which will give desired control of the robot, using sensors which must also be carefully fitted to the Tumbler frame depending on the application. Through the project pupils will be able to develop a keen and focused level of knowledge of robotics design, but in the context of VEX parts.
The pupils will spend time considering structures for a solid design and build, motion including motors and motor application, power including how batteries work and are applied to robots, sensors including different types and how they are applied in different situations, and control, including the design of programs for the VEX cortex.
VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 1.1: Autodesk Inventor Tumbler Build looks at the process of constructing a virtual VEX Tumbler within the Autodesk Inventor software environment using the available digital VEX Robotics parts. This virtual robot can then be tested and modified using the tools available in the software.
The project concentrates on the design and manufacture of a VEX Clawbot using a prepared kit of robotics parts. The build is clearly led as a team assignment and leads to a specific outcome. Once the build is complete, pupils are challenged to extend the application of the kit and robot to lead to different and ever more complex outcomes. The Clawbot will be redeveloped and rebuilt, programmed and engineered to result in new and engaging solutions. Through the project pupils will be able to develop a confident and detailed level of knowledge of robotics design, and will be able to apply this to VEX challenges.
This project encourages students to build upon their in-depth knowledge and experience of working with VEX EDR in unit 1 and unit 2, by integrating a wider range of sketching, computer aided design and prototyping skills. The aim of the project is to develop an outcome not possible in the current platform portfolio of parts, and produce high quality and functionally successful engineered solutions.
The project concentrates on the sketch process of new 2D forms, and their translation into 3D using plastic forming techniques. Through sketching there will be a process of modelling and iterative design exploration, leading to the development of a potential final solution that can both perform better towards a specific design challenge, and achieve new structural build options using these unique parts. Once the build is complete, students will need to plan test and evaluate the performance of their robotics solution, including the consideration of; performance towards a challenge goal; performance of the materials in use; performance of the formed parts; tolerance and ease of assembly of formed parts for the product outcome.
The project foci is the design, development and adaptation of existing robotics 2D drawing files to support the creation of new parts for new and improved purposes. The initial exploration of 2D design is aimed to develop understanding and CAD skills to support the physical modelling, and the later stages more focused on the development of an entire fabricated robot towards a changed brief. Once built, robotic solutions will need to be programmed to support their new design and potential new function. Through the project, pupils will be able to develop confidence in model making, sketching, CAD and CAM, industrial processes and methods of manufacture, and apply their D&T knowledge and materials experience to developing unique and complex solutions that widen the scope of the VEX EDR world.
This project encourages students to move beyond the VEX Robotics competition and typical classroom practice, and develop working knowledge of industrial, autonomous robotic solutions for the manufacturing sector. Students will ideally have completed the Tumbler Unit 1, Clawbot Unit 2, and Manufacturing Units 3.1 and 3.2 prior to commencing this project, though this is not essential. The ability to fabricate and manufacture custom parts to link with the VEX EDR equipment will lead to more complex and successful outcomes when combined.