Official Q&A: VEXU 2020-2021: Change Up Usage Guidelines

Custom Motor Caps


XD
1 month ago

I wanted to ask about making custom motor casings via 3D printers for VEXU. In the past, 393 motors were legalized for making custom motor casings from this QNA

Now with glorious V5 Smart Motors and the size of this seasons game objects, I wanted to ask if it would be legal to create custom V5 Smart Motor Caps for VEXU. The goal with this would be for teams to be able to 3D print the smart motor caps into custom motor caps. I personally see how this would actually been more legal than in the past as VEXU gets unlimited motors as part of <VUR5> . I also understand that making a completely new casing for the entire V5 motor may not be legal for cooling reasons as previously ruled. It has also been previously ruled that the motor cap is not considered part of the motor in terms of using it as a quick swap.

As for the actual question. I wanted to confirm if the ruling from the previously mentioned post is still legal. I am specifically referring to this past ruling: link Is this still legal for 2020-2021 and V5? Provided as the only change is replacing the V5 Smart Motor Cap (part number 276-6780) with a 3D printed custom motor caps and no other changes to the rest of the motor internally or externally. Below is an example of what I am trying to describe: link

Answered by Game Design Committee

Provided as the only change is replacing the V5 Smart Motor Cap (part number 276-6780) with a 3D printed custom motor caps and no other changes to the rest of the motor internally or externally.

Provided that the 276-6780 V5 Smart Motor Cap is the only part that is removed, replaced, or modified, this is legal. The primary motor case, internal components, etc are still considered "electronics" under R23, and may not be modified.

This answer only applies to VEX U. Modifying, removing, or custom-fabricating (such as via 3D printing) V5 Smart Motor Caps would not be legal in VRC.