Subsystems fall into 3 categories. Please click on the headings below to move between the three categories.

To see prices, click here for the Technology Catalogue (Electronic and mechanical on page 5, Gearboxes on pages 5 & 6)

For more detailed information about each kit please refer to the individual kit's teaching unit. If the unit is not downloadable please contact us and we will email you a copy.

Gearboxes (assembled or unassembled)

Electronic Kits

Mechanical Kits

Gearboxes

Unassembled Gearboxes

Basic Gearbox and Motor Kit

Code: GBASIC

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The BASIC GEARBOX and MOTOR KIT is a very versatile and easy to assemble gear box. The unit is compact and comparatively strong, and can be used in a many applications – anywhere where rotary motion is required. For example, it can be used in isolation (i.e. to drive or steer a model vehicle), it can have a gear fitted (to interface with other mechanisms), or it can drive a pulley and belt assembly. The gearbox can be used to drive a wheel or pulley through a single shaft, or the gearbox can be configured to drive two wheels through a longer double-sided configuration. This provides four possible configurations of the gearbox, and these are detailed below.

 
 
Intermediate gearbox and motor kit

Intermediate Gearbox and Motor Kit

Code: GINTER

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The INTERMEDIATE GEAR BOX kit provides a choice of 4 gear ratios. Before starting, the desired ratio must be determined, as this defines the parts to be used, and the assembly procedure. The gearbox can be used on its own, or as a "building block" for a motorised system or vehicle.

 
Gearbox and motor generator kit

Gearbox and Motor/Generator Kit

Code: GRED

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The GEARBOX & MOTOR/GENERATOR KIT provides electric power, through a 3 stage gearbox connected to a small DC generator. This can be turned by hand, connected to a water wheel, a windmill or whatever else the student decides upon. 

 

Multi-ratio gearbox kit

Multi-ratio Gearbox Kit

Code: GMULTI (Ratio's 1:5, 1:25, 1:125, 1:625)

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Code: GADVAN (Ratio's 1:5, 1:18, 1:64, 1:228)

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The MULTI-RATIO GEARBOX kit provides a choice of 4 gear ratios to choose from. There are also two motor options available (which must be purchased separately). Before starting assembly, the desired motor option and the gear ratio must be selected, as this defines the parts to be used, the assembly side and the assembling procedure.  This gearbox can be used with either the MOT17 motor or the high performance MOT30, these must be purchased separately.

 
Versatile gearbox

Versatile Gearbox Kit 

Code: GVERS

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The VERSATILE GEARBOX KIT has a number of components supplied. These allow the maker to choose and assemble one of four possible gearbox ratios, according to the desired drive speed. 

 
Shallow gearbox kit

Shallow Gearbox Kit

Code: GSHALL

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The SHALLOW GEAR BOX AND MOTOR kit is an easy to assemble gearbox, and provides a choice of 2 gears. The unit is compact and allows the designer to utilise narrow spaces. It can be used in many applications where rotary motion is required. For example, it can be used in isolation (to drive or steer a model vehicle), or as part of a system, (to drive a pulley and belt assembly). The gearbox can be used to drive, for example, one wheel or pulley through a single-sided shaft, or two wheels by using a longer shaft protruding through both sides.  


Assembled Gearbox and motors

two-ratio gearbox

Two Ratio Gearbox and Motor

Code: GTWOR

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The pre-assembled gearbox has a choice of 2 ratios and the motor has to be assembled to the gearbox by the user. Note: with this gearbox only the supplied MOT17 motor can be used. 

 
 
4 ratio gearbox

Four Ratio Gearbox

Code: GFOUR (Specify ratio when ordering 1:12, 1:32, 1:84, 1:236) 

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This pre-assembled Gearbox / Motor is available in all 4 ratios listed. It has the advantage that any of the other ratios can be obtained by moving some of the gears. The axle shaft width is 150mm. 

 

 

jouster gearbox

Gearbox (Jouster Version)

Code: GBOXJOUM

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This gearbox comes fully assembled and the motor has to be assembled to the gearbox. This gearbox has a choice of 2 ratios - one of the shafts needs to be cut shorter.

 

 

 

 

Bubble gearbox

Gearbox (Bubble Version)

Code: GBOXBUBM

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This gearbox comes fully assembled and the motor has to be assembled to the gearbox. This gearbox has one ratio available.

Two Ratio Gearbox

Code: GTWOR

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This gearbox comes fully assembled and the motor has to be assembled to the gearbox. This gearbox provides a choice of two ratios.

Electronic Kits


General Output Monitor

Generator Output Monitor

Code: GOM

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The GENERATOR OUTPUT MONITOR project allows the user to monitor a generator’s output. Graduated LEDs give an indication of this output. A small generator is included in the kit. 

 

Infrared control unit 4 band

Infra-red controller unit - 4 Band

Code: IRCU with PCBIRRT-UN (Unassembled PCBs)

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The INFRARED CONTROL UNIT consists of the Transmitter and the Receiver assemblies (the PCBs with all their electronic components soldered in place), and all other parts required to operate the unit. The INFRA-RED CONTROL UNIT can transmit on four (4) bands, so that 4 different devices can be operated at the same time, by selecting different bands, using the band selection switch. The transmitter is used to transmit 4 different commands to the receiver, which is mounted on a vehicle or whatever device you choose to make. The INFRA-RED CONTROL UNIT is for indoor use only and will not operate outdoors. It can operate up to a distance of approximately 20 metres.

 
Infra-red controller unit - 6 Band

Infra-red controller unit - 6 Band

Code: IRCU with PCBIR-A (Assembled PCBs)

Code: IRCU with PCBIR-UN (Un -assembled PCBs)

The INFRARED CONTROL UNIT consists of the Transmitter and the Receiver assemblies (the PCBs with all their electronic components soldered in place), and all other parts required to operate the unit. The INFRARED CONTROL UNIT can transmit on six (6) bands, so that 6 different devices can be operated at the same time, by selecting different bands, using the band selection switch.

The Transmitter is used to transmit 6 different commands to the Receiver, which is mounted on a vehicle or whatever device you choose to make.

The IRCU is for indoor use only and will not operate outdoors. It can operate up to a distance of approximately 20 metres.

 

Motor Speed Controller

Motor Speed Controller

Code: MSC

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This circuit allows the user to adjust the speed of a motor between a stopped state and up to full speed. The same system can be used with the General Output Monitor kit or as a light dimmer for a 6Volt bulb. 

 

Radio Control Unit - 2 Band

Radio Control Unit 2 Band (2-5 hours assembled) (5-10 hours unassembled)

Code: RCU with PCBRCRT-A (Assembled PCBs )

Code: IRCU with PCBRCRT-UN (Unassembled PCBs)

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The 27.145 MHz RADIO CONTROL UNIT (RC) consisting of the transmitter and the receiver PCB assemblies - enables you to control whatever device you are constructing. The transmitter PCB is used to transmit 3 commands to the receiver PCB, which is mounted on a vehicle or other device of your making. The radio transmission distance is up to 25 metres, and under favourable conditions it may be more.

General purpose controller

Controller

Code: CONTROLLER

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The CONTROLLER is a general purpose controller, and may be used control up to six small DC motors with simple position feedback. The central control element for the CONTROLLER is a Picaxe-40X microcontroller. Other devices may also be connected to the unused inputs and outputs. Suitable for many applications, such as the ROBOT ARM.

 

Solar panel power controller - low voltage

Solar Panel Power Controller Low Voltage Unit - VOC 6.5-12V (3-5 hours)

Code: SPPCL

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The SOLAR PANEL POWER CONTROLLER (SPPC) multiplies the solar panel’s starting current for motors. Normally, powering an electric motor directly from a solar panel can be quite inefficient, especially during start up and at low motor speeds. The SPPC allows the motor to start and operate at a much lower light intensity than is possible with the motor directly connected to the solar panel. This SPPC circuit holds the output of the solar panel at its maximum power voltage point. Thus it is able to substantially boost the starting current available to the motor. NOTE: This circuit regulates the input voltage rather than the output voltage. The SPPC will work with any solar panel or combination of solar panels whose Voltage Open Circuit (VOC) voltage is between 6.5 and 12 volts (a rated 12V panel at VOC will be higher than 12V). Energy consumption by the circuit is 0.04 W (approximately). The SPPC’s weight is approximately 45 grams (including the inductor).  

Solar panel power controller - standard voltage

Solar Panel Power Controller Standard Voltage Unit - VOC 13-23V (3-5 hours)

Code: SPPCS

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The SOLAR PANEL POWER CONTROLLER (SPPC) multiplies the solar panel’s starting current for motors. Normally, powering an electric motor directly from a solar panel can be quite inefficient, especially during start up and at low motor speeds. The SPPC allows the motor to start and operate at a much lower light intensity than is possible with the motor directly connected to the solar panel. This SPPC circuit holds the output of the solar panel at its maximum power voltage point. Thus it is able to substantially boost the starting current available to the motor. NOTE: This circuit regulates the input voltage rather than the output voltage. The SPPC will work with any solar panel or combination of solar panels whose Voltage Open Circuit (VOC) voltage is between 13 and 23 volts (a rated 12V panel at VOC will be higher than 12V). Energy consumption by the circuit is 0.04 W (approximately). The SPPC’s weight is approximately 45 grams (including the inductor). 

 

Mechanical KITS

Front wheel and steering linkage

Front Wheel and Steering Linkage

Code: FRONT

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Front wheel and steering linkage for a vehicle.

 

Faulhaber Mounting Kit

Faulhaber Motor Mounting Kit

Code:  FAUMMK

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The FAULHABER MOTOR MOUNTING KIT provides the parts (brackets, screws, nuts and bolts) to assemble an adjustable mount for a Faulhaber 2232 motor, which can be attached to a chassis or body.   

In addition this kit can be used with the AXLE BRACKET KIT to attach the motor to a Carbon fibre tube.

Axle Bracket Kit

The Axle bracket Kit

Code: AXBKTK

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The AXLE BRACKET KIT provides the basic parts (axle brackets, nuts and bolts) to assemble 6mm carbon fibre tubes into a rectangle.  This then forms the base of a Solar car.

In addition a single bracket can be used with the FAULHABER MOTOR MOUNTING KIT to attach the motor to a Carbon fibre tube.