MA teams, HELP!

We are in a pickle, Team Ultraviolet is in DESPERATE need of aluminum 7075 or stronger 1/2 hex shafts.

If you are in the greater Boston area, and have some spare hex shafts, we could really use some. Just let us know and we would be happy to pick it up. We will send some back to you as soon as we have them.

Two weeks ago we finished all the mechanical work on our robot, or so we thought. Some of the aluminum hex shafts we used in the joints of our arm were bending.

Since then, we have been working tirelessly on solutions. Our plan was to change the ratios of the sprockets on the axles, adding more structural support, and most importantly, replacing the axles with stronger ones.

We ordered everything, disassembled the superstructure the day before all the parts were supposed to come. Almost all the parts arrived today, but Andymark mistakenly sent us churros when they should have sent us 7075 aluminum hex shafts.

Our competition is on March 25th. We need these to shafts ASAP because we have a ton of people coming in to work tomorrow afternoon (Friday) and need to do most of our construction then.

Please help if you have spare shafts!

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Have you reached out to andymark yet? They might be able to send you some more fast.


We have steel hex shaft we can give you. DM me.


Just email Mary at AM. They’ll make it right, they always do.

@Andy_Baker @NathanNFM

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We have some 1/2" thunderhex we could loan or sell you. We are in Billerica MA meeting tonight 5-9 and tomorrow 9-2pm

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They have replacement shafts going out today, along with another order, for Priority Overnight Saturday delivery. They were a pleasure to work with and we are so sorry for the mix up.

I am glad the community could come to their aid for the Friday meeting.


Just a quick update to close off this thread—#4909, the Billerica Bionics came in clutch! We were able to buy a couple shafts from them, which gave our software team enough time to qualify us for districts. This is our first time qualifying in our three years as a team! Special shoutout to Blake of 4909 for coordinating with us. Thank you all so much for your time and recommendations!


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