VersaFrame

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

SKU: versaframe

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Description

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.


For a detailed BOM with parts necessary to construct
a linear elevator, see the drawing for 217-4399.

Note: Some McMaster parts required

VersaFrame 2" Wide VersaPlanetary Parallel Mount

VersaFrame Face Bearing Mount

CAD/Drawings

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P/NDescriptionMaterialCADDrawingsWeight
217-3426 1" x 1" x 0.040" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59") 6061-T6 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.090 lbs
217-4104 1" x 1" x 0.100" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59") 6061-T6 Aluminum STEP PDF 1.950 lbs
217-3425 1" x 2" x 0.050" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59") 6061-T6 Aluminum STEP PDF 1.650 lbs
217-3453 1" x 2" x 0.100" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Aluminum Tube Stock (59") 6061-T6 Aluminum STEP PDF 3.280 lbs
 
217-5851 1" x 1" x 0.100" Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Plastic Tube Stock (59") Polycarbonate STEP PDF 0.880 lbs
217-4819 1” x 2” x 0.100” Pre-Drilled VersaFrame Plastic Tube Stock (59") Polycarbonate STEP PDF 1.340 lbs
 
217-4107 1” x 1” x 0.090” VersaFrame Aluminum Angle (59") 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 1.316 lbs
217-4108 2” x 2” x 0.090” VersaFrame Aluminum Angle (59") 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 1.786 lbs
217-4109 1" x 1" x 1" x 0.090" VersaFrame Aluminum C-Channel (59") 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.900 lbs
217-4110 1" x 2" x 1" x 0.090" VersaFrame Aluminum C-Channel (59") 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 1.000 lbs
 
217-3555 VersaFrame 30 Degree Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.060 lbs
217-3552 VersaFrame 45 Degree Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.040 lbs
217-3551 VersaFrame 60 Degree Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.040 lbs
217-3548 VersaFrame 90 Degree Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.040 lbs
217-4181 VersaFrame 120 Degree Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.080 lbs
217-3556 VersaFrame 135 Degree Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.040 lbs
217-4180 VersaFrame 150 Degree Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.080 lbs
217-3550 VersaFrame Plus Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.060 lbs
217-3547 VersaFrame T Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.050 lbs
217-3554 VersaFrame End Bearing Mount 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.030 lbs
217-3553 VersaFrame Side Bearing Mount 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.030 lbs
217-4183 VersaFrame Face Bearing Mount 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.090 lbs
217-4238 VersaFrame Corner Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.098 lbs
217-3627 VersaFrame VersaPlanetary Face Mount 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.060 lbs
217-4239 VersaFrame VersaPlanetary Side Mount 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.090 lbs
217-4178 VersaFrame 1" Wide VersaPlanetary Parallel Mount 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.120 lbs
217-4179 VersaFrame 2" Wide VersaPlanetary Parallel Mount 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.110 lbs
217-3557 VersaChassis Gusset 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.040 lbs
 
217-4399 VersaFrame Linear Motion Gusset Kit 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.170 lbs
217-4400 VersaFrame Roller Chain Attachment 5052 Aluminum STEP PDF 0.022 lbs