I have my VEX kits, and it seems I have a bushel basket of extra wheels, and not enough sensors or cool stuff for my kids to use. What do you suggest I buy as extras, and how many?
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I had the same issue in my class, and then I found a source for individual parts. If you use the attached Excel spreadsheet, and send it to iDesign Solutions they will send you a quote, and in my experience, it has always been less expensive than from VEX. They take purchase orders, and have very fast delivery. I have never had anything back ordered. THIS IS MEANT TO SUPPLEMENT THE KITS, NOT REPLACE THEM! The prices you see are directly from the website above, but send it as a quote, and see what kind of price you get! If you find parts that you think I missed, please let me know!
Right off the bat, I would order these extras for each kit, as they would allow you to build all the testbeds exactly the same:
After I received a grant to purchase more VEX components, I decided not to buy kits, but piece out the kits with only the parts I thought we would need, and what I ordered is below. This way I did not end up with lots of wheels, and had lots of Inputs and Outputs. What you see below will cost about $5000. (That was my grant total!):
The attached spreadsheet will allow you to change quantities and the total price will be reflected.
|3||276-1189||Bevel Gearbox Bracket|
|4||276-2155||Ultrasonic Range Finder|
|3||276-1957||Rack Gear (16 Pack)|
|3||275-1188||Rack Gearbox Bracket (2 pack)|
|3||276-1424||3-wire extension cables (large bundle)|
|3||276-1426||3-wire extension cables 12″ (4 pack)|
|3||275-1187||Worm Gearbox Bracket|
|5||275-1060||Plus Gusset (8 pack)|
|5||276-2216||Potentiometer (2 pack)|
|2||276-2214||Tank Treads Upgrade Kit|
|6||276-1456||7.2V Robot Battery NiMH 2000mAh|
|2||276-2168||Tank Tread Kit|
|2||276-2231||Probot Robot Kit|
|5||276-2159||Bumper Switch (2 pack)|
|6||276-2177||2-Wire Motor 393|
|5||276-2174||Limit Switch (2 Pack)|
|3||276-2156||Optical Shaft Encoder (2 Pack)|
|3||276-2176||LED Indicator Pack|
|5||276-2194||Vex Cortex Microcontroller|
|4||276-2161||Metal & Hardware Kit|
|4||276-2184||Advanced Gear Kit|
|4||276-2219||Battery Strap (2 Pack)|
|8||276-1403||USB A-A Cable|
|4||276-1341||Base Plate 30×15 (2 Pack)|
|3||276-1926||Linear Motion kit|
|3||276-1546||Winch and Puilley Kit|