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  • The Lynxmotion AL5D V2: Putting it all together

    The Lynxmotion AL5D V2: Putting it all together

    So you have new Lynxmotion robots for your classroom, so now you have to build and wire them. I’ve put together 4 videos to help you assemble and wire them. This is not meant to replace the manual, but rather to supplement it. You can find the manual here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11.  Lots of new stuff in […]Read More »
  • Centering Servos

    Centering Servos

    Question: How do you center the servos when you build your lynxmotion AL5D? Answer: Best way is to NOT turn the servos; like that’ll happen! There is a whole section in the new manual that can help you teach how servos work, so check the manual too! You can find it here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11. One way is to […]Read More »
  • Wiring the Power for Lynx AL5D

    Wiring the Power for Lynx AL5D

    Question: How do you wire the AL5D Lynxmotion robot arm for power? Answer: You really have to make sure that you do this right, or you will damage the SSC-32U and/or the power supply, and it will not work. So, start by reading the manual; you can find it Here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11. Also, see the video below.Read More »
  • How do you wire the Lynxmotion AL5D?

    How do you wire the Lynxmotion AL5D?

    Question: How do you wire the AL5D Lynxmotion robot arm? That’s a lot of wires! Answer: Well, start by reading the manual; you can find it Here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11. Also, see the video below.    Read More »
  • Tips & Tricks for Building a Lynxmotion AL5D Robot Arm

    Tips & Tricks for Building a Lynxmotion AL5D Robot Arm

    Question: I heard building the AL5D was really hard. Do you have any tips or tricks for building it? Answer: Of course we have tips and tricks! Best one yet? Read the new manual; you can find it Here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11.  They just spent a lot of time rewriting the manual, and added a lot of our […]Read More »
  • What else do we need to teach CIM?

    What else do we need to teach CIM?

    Question: What else do we need to really teach CIM? Are there any “extras” that you recommend? Answer: We get this question weekly. So here’s what we are going to do. Give you a preview to a Google doc that is live so we can update it on the fly. You will see it right […]Read More »
  • Feetech Servo on the Lynxmotion AL5D Arm

    Feetech Servo on the Lynxmotion AL5D Arm

    Question: My new Lynxmotion AL5D robot arm from RobotShop came with a new servo called a Feetech. How come my arm works backwards now? Answer: Well…. because the servo may be installed backwards. I know, you looked at the picture on the directions, but the first one may be wrong. When they switched servos, from […]Read More »
  • Project Idea: Dual Lynx To Vex Handshaking Modules

    Project Idea: Dual Lynx To Vex Handshaking Modules

    Sorry it took so long, but here is some info on how to make the Dual Handshake Module Jim & I designed two years ago. All files are attached in a zip file at the link below. These files include: All inventor part files: tweak to your heart’s content STL and Makerbot files DXF files […]Read More »
  • HOW DO I GET THE NEW SSC-32U UP AND RUNNING?

    HOW DO I GET THE NEW SSC-32U UP AND RUNNING?

    Question: How do I get the new SSC-32U up and running? Is it any different than before with the old one?   Solution: It is a little bit different, in that there is now only one switch, and it will connect every single time, as long as you follow the right steps.  The steps are […]Read More »
  • WHAT KIND OF ACCESSORIES CAN I MAKE FOR MY LYNXMOTION ROBOTIC ARM?

    WHAT KIND OF ACCESSORIES CAN I MAKE FOR MY LYNXMOTION ROBOTIC ARM?

    Question: What kind of accessories can I make for my Lynxmotion Robotic Arm?   Solution: With a few tools and some ingenuity you can make some pretty cool accessories to make your Lynxmotion robot way cool. I have to admit, having a laser really helps! Click on the picture to get many ideas, some complete […]Read More »
  • How do I Handshake A VEX Cortex With a Lynxmotion Arm?

    How do I Handshake A VEX Cortex With a Lynxmotion Arm?

    IF YOU CANNOT READ THE DIAGRAMS BELOW,PLEASE CLICK ON THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON TO GET A PDF VERSION! Lynx-VEX Handshaking Notes Question: How do I receive a signal on a Cortex from the SSC-32 (Lynx Robot) in RobotC? Answer: One way to do it is shown in the example below. A machine is waiting for a […]Read More »
  • HOW DO I HANDSHAKE A LYNXMOTION AL5D ARM WITH A VEX CORTEX?

    HOW DO I HANDSHAKE A LYNXMOTION AL5D ARM WITH A VEX CORTEX?

    Question: How do I make my Lynxmotion Robotic Arm talk to a VEX Cortex? Solution: The actual wiring is easy, and so is the programming. Let me break the answer up into sections: Question: How do I receive a signal on a Cortex from the SSC-32 (Lynx Robot) in RobotC? Answer: One way to do […]Read More »
  • HOW DOES THE SSC-32 USB WORK?

    HOW DOES THE SSC-32 USB WORK?

    Question: How does the new Lynxmotion SSC-32 USB from Robotshop work? Solution: Quite wonderfully I must say! Just imagine: no more 9 volt battery! No more usb to serial converter! Those two things alone make it a worthwhile upgrade. I have found that it connects flawlessly to the five different computers I have tried it […]Read More »
  • DO I HAVE TO USE A 9V BATTERY WITH MY LYNXMOTION ARM?

    DO I HAVE TO USE A 9V BATTERY WITH MY LYNXMOTION ARM?

    This post is relevant to the SERIAL version of the SSC-32 ONLY. This post is ARCHIVED, meaning links may or may not work, and it may not scale well on a mobile device as it was written a while ago. Question: Do I have to use a 9 Volt battery with my Lynx Arm? In the […]Read More »
  • HOW DO I BUILD THE LYNXMOTION AL5D ARM?

    HOW DO I BUILD THE LYNXMOTION AL5D ARM?

    Question:   The directions on line for building the Lynxmotion arms are not very good. Do you have any tips or tricks to give about building them? Also, aren’t they just cheap toys that won’t last that long?   Solution: First off, let me start by saying I have built or repaired (mostly repaired) over […]Read More »
  • HOW DO YOU FIX A SERVO WITH STRIPPED GEARS?

    HOW DO YOU FIX A SERVO WITH STRIPPED GEARS?

    Question: How do you fix a wrist rotate servo with stripped gears? It’s a pain in the butt as well as costly to replace. Answer: See the steps below for an inexpensive and simple solution! Note that te metal gears cost almost as much as the servo; it takes 5-10 minutes to change the gears, […]Read More »
  • MY SHOULDER SERVO IS BURNED OUT AND THEY NO LONGER MAKE IT. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

    MY SHOULDER SERVO IS BURNED OUT AND THEY NO LONGER MAKE IT. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

    Problem: This post is ARCHIVED, meaning links may or may not work, and it may not scale well on a mobile device as it was written a while ago. My shoulder servo doesn’t work anymore, and I’m told they don’t make this servo anymore. What do I do now? Solution: You could cry, but I […]Read More »
  • HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY SERVOS ARE CENTERED?

    HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY SERVOS ARE CENTERED?

    Question:  How do I make sure my servos are centered before I build my robot? How can I test my servos once it is built? Answer: The I.L.A.R. (It Looks About Right) method works ok, but if you want to be precise, you need a servo driver. This video shows you how to use one […]Read More »
  • WHAT ARE FRICTION PLATES AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO MY LYNXMOTION ROBOT?

    WHAT ARE FRICTION PLATES AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO MY LYNXMOTION ROBOT?

    Question: What are friction plates and why are they important to my Lynxmotion Robot? The directions are unclear on how to install them. This post is ARCHIVED, meaning links may or may not work, and it may not scale well on a mobile device as it was written a while ago. Want to upgrade them? See […]Read More »

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