Building Robots at School

June 24, 2009

VEX Workshop: CAD

Filed under: Uncategorized — dtengineering @ 10:28 pm
VEX Part Files make 3D Modelling a Breeze, as Corpralchee shows on the VEXForums

VEX Part Files make 3D Modelling a Breeze, as Corpralchee shows on the VEXForums

3D Parametric Solid modelling packages such as Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, and Pro-Engineer have really made the computer a much more useful design tool.  This is because in many cases you can download not just part specifications, but complete 3D models of parts from vendors before you purchase the part in order to work the part in to your design.  We have used this to great benefit with our FRC robots, downloading wheel, gearbox and motor designs for use in designing our drive modules for the 2009 FRC season.  Autodesk Inventor allowed us to see a finished image of our drive module before we built it… and then allowed us to take a .dxf file of crucial parts directly in to Mastercam for toolpathing and cutting on our CNC router.

You can get FREE software for your students to use (at home, not in the lab, usually) by going to the Autodesk Student Community

Once the student has Autodesk Inventor downloaded and installed, they can go to the VEX CAD page to download 3d models of VEX parts.

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