All right, I was trying to avoid this post. I am loving all the great new VEX products, but has anyone come up with a clean way to get the typical US Digital Quadrature optical encoders onto the subject gearboxes?
A student tried making an adapter on the lathe but it turned out to be too troublesome getting the tolerances right. We were thinking shaft collars and shafts, but alas, nothing available really seem fit there either. Bottom line is even if you can extend the shaft in a way the ring fits, then you have to mount the encoder assembly, down in the center of the gearbox, a really hard place to work between the motors.
Are there solutions, I am sure (feel free to share ). But I think we have wasted enough time at this point trying to build one. So I guess we are going to cut our loses and order some Grayhills. Overall I love what VEX has done, but the US Digital encoder is so popular I really wish they had accommodated for it as well. Is it just us or has anyone else ‘lost some sleep’ over this one?