VEX Mechanical Power Transmission
Think like an engineer: Design gears for your robot
Gears are toothed wheels designed to transmit power to any mechanical system to make it work. Gears can increase or decrease speed, increase force, and change direction. Gears are essential in the field of robotics. Gear design can make or break a VEX robot in the robotics competition arena.
Get creative with design in class
In this project, you learn about mechanical power transmission and gears and how they work. Pre-engineering instructor Brian Stevenson guides you through the creative process of designing and building an efficient gear system for your VEX object manipulator’s robotic arm. He shows you how to simulate and analyze your gears in motion using Dynamic Simulation in Autodesk Inventor software. Based on the results, you refine your design and build a high performance gear system that makes your VEX robotic object manipulator function flawlessly.