Category Archive: Tutorials

Jul 24

VRT Update 2017 – Awesome New Features!

The 2017 version of the VRT is now out, and it includes some great new features, including the 2016 FLL mat and 2017 WRO challenges! The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for a physical robot, offering …

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Jul 06

Possible Channel Rebrand? – I’m returning soon!

I’m going to be returning to my normal routine of publishing a new MINDSTORMS tutorial every Thursday starting in August. However, I am considering changing the name of my channel because I feel that “Builderdude35” is too immature. Do you have any thoughts? I’d like to hear them! My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 …

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Mar 16

VRT Cleanup Challenge Walkthrough

In my final video in my series on the Virtual Robotics Toolkit, I will be giving a brief walkthrough on how I solved the Cleanup challenge in 5.6 seconds! The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for …

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Mar 09

Virtual vs. Physical Robots Part 2 – Mechanisms

This week, I will be comparing how mechanisms and complex gear trains work on robots in the Virtual Robotics Toolkit to mechanisms on a physical EV3 robot. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for a physical …

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Mar 02

Virtual vs. Physical Robots Part 1 – Programming

This week, I will compare the process of programming a virtual robot in the Virtual Robotics Toolkit to the process of programming a physical EV3 robot. I will also explain the differences between programming physical and virtual robots. (Spoiler alert: they’re very similar). The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by …

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Feb 23

How to Program a Robot in the Virtual Robotics Toolkit

This week’s tutorial will teach you how to write an EV3-G program and download it to your robot in the Virtual Robotics Toolkit, as well as demonstrate line following, Port View and Real Time Data. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an …

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Feb 16

Import your Very Own Robot into the Virtual Robotics Toolkit

This week’s tutorial will walk you through the Virtual Robotics Toolkit’s robot import wizard and show you how you can use your very own robot in the simulation software. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for …

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Feb 09

Modify your VRT Robot with the Attachments Dialog

This week, I teach you how to use the attachments dialog in the Virtual Robotics Toolkit to modify the sample robot in order to more effectively complete the challenge. In addition, you will also learn some other aspects of the software such as the sensor data display. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics …

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Feb 02

Exploring the Sample Challenges Offered by the VRT

This week’s video will cover the various sample challenges offered by the Virtual Robotics Toolkit that will test your robot building skills. Also, I will discuss the new WRO Virtual category, which allows you to submit a virtual robot and compete from home. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by …

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Jan 26

Drive your First Virtual Robot – Getting Started with the Virtual Robotics Toolkit

This week, I teach you how to start up your Virtual Robotics Toolkit for the first time and get started with driving your very first virtual robot! You will also learn some of the features of the simulator that are necessary to get started. The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made …

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