- when creating the library
of parts for SnapCAD, we realized that we
could improve the ease of use by changing
the origin of many parts (most parts connects
directly while using SnapCAD coarse grid).
- The drawback of this
change is that SnapCAD library is not fully
compatible with this preliminary library:
when opened in SnapCAD, models built with
this library will show slightly offset parts
in many places and will need to be (at least
partially) rebuilt. I am sorry for that
(I should have had more insight initially!).
- This library will not
be updated with new parts, but of course
SnapCAD library will get them.
- So... use this library
only for small projects till SnapCAD is
I have created LDraw models of VEX
Robotics VEXiq parts, allowing you to create models of your
robots using LDraw editors such as MLCad or SR3D builder. You
will also be able to create building instructions using LPub.
LDraw libraries and tools must be installed
on your computer before using VEXiq parts. If you are not familiar
with LDraw system of tools, I suggest that you use LDraw
All in One Installer.
Most of the parts available for VEX IQ are available now.
See the available parts here. Check here when new parts
are introduced by VEX Robotics.
- 2014-03-30: Initial release, mainly structural elements
(beams, pins, connectors, axles, wheel)
- 2014-04-06: Gears, motor
- 2014-04-11: Brain, sensors and pulleys
- 2014-04-23: Sprocket wheels, chains, intakes and bump
- 2014-05-03: Gear rack and slider, turntables and magnetic
beams. Also cables and rubber bands for BOM
- 2014-05-21: Big wheel and tire, omni-wheel, beam 2x2
with twist lock, radio modules
- 2014-07-09: Finally, VEX IQ Controller!
- 2014-08-11: The new plastic shafts are available. Improved
model quality of axles.
- 2014-09-30: VEX IQ Summer 2014 Refresh parts are now
all available, including beams 4 and 6 with center hole,
and idler pins.
- 2015-05-03: This library is now obsolete, use instead
SnapCAD library as soon as it is available! (see warning
Get the archive containing all available parts
- Unzip VexLdrawParts.zip and install the parts contained
in "parts" folder as
you would do for any unofficial part.
- If you intend to use SR3D builder, you also need to
merge the "Conns", "Image" and "Image_L"
folders with the corresponding folders of your SR3D builder
installation. They contain the definition of connectivity
and thumbnail images of parts. Don't forget to rebuild parts
list! (in Tools menu).
- For LeoCAD, see how to configure a custom library here. If you place VEX parts
in your main LDraw library, don't forget to run LDMakeList!
It may be tricky to locate the VEX parts in the myriad of
other LDraw parts... Here is some tips and tricks below.
Configure your parts tree to create a new VEX category. You
may also use "Favorites" group parts, as explained
by Christopher Smith here.
Right-click in Parts tree pane and choose Parts
Tree > Tree Configuration.
Type in "VEX" as category name, <VEX
int the search string. That means that all parts
with a description beginning with "VEX"
will be placed in this category
The newly category now shows all the VEX
After rebuilding parts list, select "All
types" in build style (it defaults to "Base
You will see that one (or more, this may
change later) VEX category is available.