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Jamie Diamond <[log in to unmask]>
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Jamie Diamond <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:47:12 -0400
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This might be a fun time for your team to look at the properties of worm
drives.  A unique property of worm drives is that the worm screw can turn
the gear but the gear can't turn the worm screw.  So it can provide a self
locking mechanism where the motor can drive the mechanism but the mechanism
can never drive the motor.

You can put the gears together yourself or you can use a gearbox like
http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6588 to hold the gears together
in a way where they can't skip.  My kids used this gearbox the last two
years to control an arm mechanism on their robot.  Like anything else there
are pros and cons but it might be a nice mechanical engineering option for
your kids to add to their mental toolbox.

Best Regards,
Jamie Diamond

On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM, Frank Fenneran - Team #53 Brainstorms <
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> We find this to be an issue almost every year (the kids love to carry stuff
> around in "boxes" instead of pushing).
>
> The only solution we've ever found is to get the item beyond the vertical
> plane so it sits back toward the body of the robot while moving, then bring
> it back around to the front to place it down.
>
> The motors don't have a "parking brake" :)
>
> -Frank
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:
> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kevin Weaver
> Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:02 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Common Bone Repair
>
> We are working on the putting the cast on the bone, but the cast is to
> heavy for our motor.  Is the a way to code the motor to hold the brake until
> we want it to turn and put the object down?
>
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