It’s been a little while since we’ve posted last about new products! Throughout the fall, and as well as this past weekend, we’ve released some new affordable things we’ve been working on that we’d like to show you.
This is the easiest, most inexpensive and most complete way to add a third motor to each side of your AM14U family drivetrain! No drilling or machining required. In the past, we sold a gearbox called the 3CIM4U, which was a repackaged version of the standard Toughbox hardware with new plates that accommodated a third motor. This is the spiritual successor to that product. It provides all the mechanical components required to upgrade your existing 2 motor Toughbox Mini gearboxes into 3 motor powerhouses! We’ve even included the extra gears you will need for an extremely affordable price.
One of the most common questions we have received lately is “What are all the parts I need to convert my chassis to run on Brushless motors?” This product is an affordable direct answer to that question. We’ve curated all of the components required to use four NEO motors with your standard Toughbox Mini gearboxes in your AM14U4 chassis! We’ve even included all of the hardware and gears that live on the motor shaft to make this process nice and easy - simply prep the NEOs with the gears and hardware, remove your existing brushed motors, and drop the NEOs in for a nice power boost and weight savings! This bundle offers a pretty good discount over purchasing all of the components individually, too.
If it’s been a while since you’ve looked at our Swerve and Steer, you’ve probably missed all of the updates we have implemented over the years based completely on years of field testing and team feedback. We’ve come a long way on this product since it launched six seasons ago, from designing out bushings, improving encoder options and solving some rigidity problems on previous iterations, all while maintaining an affordable price. We’re really proud of where this product is now. Yes, it’s bigger than other options on the market, no it doesn’t have fancy 3D printed parts all over it - instead, it’s a robust, battle tested option for those wishing to pursue a swerve drive solution for their FRC robots.
This year, with affordability in mind, we’ve revamped how the Swerve and Steer can be ordered. Now you can choose whether or not it comes assembled or not, which saves teams money if they assemble it themselves. New this season, we’ve added the NEO as a drive motor option alongside the CIM and Falcon options we previously had. You can also order it without the PG-based steering gearmotor to replace it with another COTS planetary that has a 2" bolt circle of your choosing. This new product structure gives us a lot of flexibility to add further options here, which we plan on doing in the future.
At the time of this writing, the Swerve and Steer product starts at an extremely cost competitive price of $198 USD.
Finally, we’ve added flexible silicone options for all of our 6 Gauge Robot Power Products! Now you no longer have to commit to running larger SB120 connectors on all of your chargers, etc if you want flexible pre-assembled wires for your robot’s main power path.
We redesigned our PP45 based Distribution Board this past summer with a lot of improvements based on customer feedback. We’ve added a sixth channel, removed the input-channel breaker, integrated improved breaker holders, redesigned the case and revamped the mounting geometry. We like these boards a lot for prototyping multi-motor FRC mechanisms, and also use them in some of our fully built non-FRC robot offerings.
This extremely affordable controller and receiver pair is an excellent choice for non-FIRST competition robots. We use these around here as a simple and expandable controller for lots of prototypes, and many AndyMark Fight Night teams even used them this past year’s tournament with much success. The controller has several buttons, toggles and dials on it’s shoulders in addition to the joysticks for many control options. This controller can be connected either via USB to a computer or via Bluetooth to your phone to adjust settings on the fly! It ships with centering springs pre-installed on both joysticks, making it ideal for mobile robot platforms. If you want to use one of the sticks as a non-centering throttle control, this spring can be removed.
Expanded Bondhus Tool Offerings
From the makers of the famous Orange Folding Allen Wrench set (our most favourite tool in our shop,) we’re now offering a much bigger line of Bondhus tools. We’ve expanded our Allen Wrench offerings, Ball End Hex Driver line, added more Nut Drivers, and changed up our Hex End Power Bits listings. These are the exact tools we use on our teams and in our shop at AndyMark to assemble products - we use them every day and love em.
This is a custom coupler designed in the same language as our 1/2" HD Hex Collar Clamp, sharing many of the same features including thoughtfully designed bearing bosses, robust 10-32 Screws, and high strength aluminum. Need to combine multiple 1/2 inch hex shafts, multiple 1/2 inch keyed shafts, or convert between hex and keyed? This coupling solves all at a better price than anyone else can offer!
Happy Kickoff! We’re excited to see what teams do with the new challenges released this past weekend!