The last 36 hours has been really productive. The bearings were received and we started boxing things up. Many of you should have received shipping notifications. If you haven’t yet, there are still a few orders that will be going out in the next couple days.
Whenever I’m sending out a bunch of modules I like to fully test assemble one of them. This is like the final triple check to make sure all the parts are included and everything fits together correctly. I’m really happy with how the MK4 modules turned out. The fit and finish is the best yet and the gear train is buttery smooth.
Hey @PatrickW, will the listings of the MK4 modules/upgrade kits be changed to on-order/backorder soon? Our school has a no pre-order policy for purchases, so we haven’t been able to place an order yet on either the upgrade kits or the modules themselves.
This is a good point. Since MK4 modules have started shipping I’ve changed the preorder to backorder. Orders placed now will be using gears that are currently in transit by sea. They shipped about a month ago and are likely on a boat just off the coast waiting its turn to be unloaded. I am hopeful that these will be received in September, however, it is difficult to say for sure due to the extended shipping times these days. On a side note, the bearings that were coming by sea have been unloaded and are on their way. We’re going to have enough bearings for a long time.
Did a dry run assembly today with one of the modules. I wanted to make sure we got little stuff like motor spacers correct before we apply the thread locker.
This is my first SDS module to assemble and the fit on each part was impeccable. It assembled extremely smoothly and quickly. I was extremely impressed with the machine quality that these parts had, kinda bummed that they’ll be hidden deep in our robot.
The plates in the swerve modules are tapped 1/4-20. This was a nasty surprise. The CAD models show .201 smooth through holes, so we had planned on screwing into tapped holes on the frame rails with short #10-32 screws.