Saturday, December 22, 2018

What we bought - Fall 2018

A lot of teams ask us where we buy stuff, so occasionally we'll just post about the things we bought and where to get it. 


  • 1/2" Snap Rings
  • 9/16" Snap Rings - Useful for going on hex shaft without first turning it down to 1/2"
  • Tubing Connector for 7/8" tube - 7/8" aluminum tube is a similar OD to 1/2" PVC so we can use it for stronger Protopipe mechanisms.
  • 5/16" O-Ring - These can go over 1/2" thunderhex shaft and work similar to VEX IQ rubber shaft collars. This is useful for quick prototypes or places where you might need to adjust often or you just don't have shaft collars. 
  • 1/2" OD - 1/4" ID Aluminum Hex Tube - This is 6061 hex shaft that for us at least came in slightly undersized so it fits in bearings and hubs easily. It also comes with a 1/4" hex hole so you can you it as a spacer for 1/4" bolts or an adapter down to 1/4" hex if you need to make a small mechanism. The 3/4" to 1/2" is also useful if you need a bigger hex profile.
  • High Flow Solenoids 1.0 CV - These are the high flow solenoids that we used on our 2018 cube launcher mechanism 
This is just a sample of the items we purchase, hopefully this will give you an idea of some of the things you can buy to help your FRC team.

- Spectrum

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