The VersaFrame system is an entire collection of products designed to eliminate frustration and make advanced designs available to all teams. By utilizing modular, low-cost construction components, teams can build almost anything they can think of - and they can do it with only a drill and a wrench.
When VersaFrame was first introduced, it consisted of aluminum tubing and gussets that were pre-drilled on a 1" pitch. By taking design cues from the popular VEX EDR and VEX IQ construction systems, VersaFrame allowed teams to quickly move a design from concept to reality without being hindered by precision manufacturing constraints. Teams could focus on the core of the engineering design process - not the finer details of how to use expensive machinery.
For experienced teams with plenty of resources, this meant quicker prototyping and concept realization. For teams without access to advanced resources, this meant a chance to create sophisticated mechanisms at a fraction of the cost.
Since then, VersaFrame has transcended its initial role as a "set of gussets and tubes". It has become an entire design methodology; a cohesive family of products that work together in simple, intuitive ways to help all teams achieve superior performance.
The VersaFrame is a construction system that allows teams to build an upper frame in whatever configuration they can imagine. Pre-drilled holes are designed to be used with #8 screws and 5/32" rivets, and can be easily drilled out for larger hardware.
- Pre-drilled holes on a standard 1" pitch
- Custom thicknesses ideally suited for FRC applications
- Unlimited configuration options
The VersaFrame Stock square tube is a custom thickness sized specifically for the FIRST ® Robotics Competition market. With 0.040", 0.050" and 0.10" walls, the tube is lightweight and more than strong enough for most FIRST ® Robotics Competition applications. C-channel and angle pieces help to provide even more strength where it's needed most.
Note: 1" x 1" x 0.040" tubes are pre-drilled on all four faces. 1" x 1" x 0.100" tubes and 1" x 2" tubes are pre-drilled on the 1" faces with piloting notches on the sides without holes.
VersaFrame gussets provide for connections in many different configurations. In addition to a variety of angles commonly used in mechanical design, custom bearing and motor mounting gussets allow for seamless integration into designs incorporating rollers or other motion elements.
Note: Standoffs are not included with gussets, and must be purchased separately.
During Build Blitz 2015, two new parts were designed for that year's FRC game, Recycle Rush. The VersaFrame Roller Chain Mount is designed to bolt directly onto #25 or #35 chain, and the VersaFrame Linear Motion Gusset Kit helps enable a quick and simple sliding mechanism. While these parts were produced during Build Blitz to construct a linear elevator, it is possible to create a vast array of moving mechanisms with them. Download the STEP file from the Build Blitz 2015 Linear Elevator here.
VersaFrame 2" Wide VersaPlanetary Parallel Mount
VersaFrame Face Bearing Mount
|217-3426||1" x 1" x 0.040" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.090 lbs|
|217-4104||1" x 1" x 0.100" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||1.950 lbs|
|217-3425||1" x 2" x 0.050" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||1.650 lbs|
|217-3453||1" x 2" x 0.100" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||3.280 lbs|
|217-5851||1" x 1" x 0.100" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Plastic Tube Stock (59")||Polycarbonate||STEP||0.880 lbs|
|217-4819||1” x 2” x 0.100” Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Plastic Tube Stock (59")||Polycarbonate||STEP||1.340 lbs|
|217-4107||1” x 1” x 0.090” VersaFrame Aluminum Angle (59")||5052 Aluminum||STEP||1.316 lbs|
|217-4108||2” x 2” x 0.090” VersaFrame Aluminum Angle (59")||5052 Aluminum||STEP||1.786 lbs|
|217-4109||1" x 1" x 1" x 0.090" VersaFrame Aluminum C-Channel (59")||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.900 lbs|
|217-4110||1" x 2" x 1" x 0.090" VersaFrame Aluminum C-Channel (59")||5052 Aluminum||STEP||1.000 lbs|
|217-3555||VersaFrame 30 Degree Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.060 lbs|
|217-3552||VersaFrame 45 Degree Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.040 lbs|
|217-3551||VersaFrame 60 Degree Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.040 lbs|
|217-3548||VersaFrame 90 Degree Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.040 lbs|
|217-4181||VersaFrame 120 Degree Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.080 lbs|
|217-3556||VersaFrame 135 Degree Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.040 lbs|
|217-4180||VersaFrame 150 Degree Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.080 lbs|
|217-3550||VersaFrame Plus Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.060 lbs|
|217-3547||VersaFrame T Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.050 lbs|
|217-3554||VersaFrame End Bearing Mount||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.030 lbs|
|217-3553||VersaFrame Side Bearing Mount||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.030 lbs|
|217-4183||VersaFrame Face Bearing Mount||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.090 lbs|
|217-4238||VersaFrame Corner Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.098 lbs|
|217-3627||VersaFrame VersaPlanetary Face Mount||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.060 lbs|
|217-4239||VersaFrame VersaPlanetary Side Mount||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.090 lbs|
|217-4178||VersaFrame 1" Wide VersaPlanetary Parallel Mount||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.120 lbs|
|217-4179||VersaFrame 2" Wide VersaPlanetary Parallel Mount||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.110 lbs|
|217-3557||VersaChassis Gusset||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.040 lbs|
|217-4399||VersaFrame Linear Motion Gusset Kit||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.170 lbs|
|217-4400||VersaFrame Roller Chain Attachment||5052 Aluminum||STEP||0.022 lbs|