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Official Q&A: VRC 2023-2024: Over Under

Usage Guidelines All Questions

Motor Cartridge Legality when not being used in a motor

Nathanael Oliver (Event Partner)


Rule 14D states that " For the purposes of this rule, the gear cartridges found within the V5 Smart Motor are considered “part of the motor.”" Does this imply that when not used inside the motor the motor cartridge is not considered an electrical component and can therefore be modified? Can a team take apart a motor cartridge to take apart to use the internal parts for other parts of the robot?

Answered by committee

Clause D of rule <R14> defines gear cartridges as part of the motor which, per clauses C & D of rule <R14>, cannot be modified. Taking apart a gear cartridge and using the internal parts elsewhere on the Robot would be considered a modification to the component, and is not allowed.