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FRC Competition Field for Autodesk Inventor, FRC Forums and the FIRST Future Innovator Awards


FRC Competition Field for Autodesk Inventor


The Autodesk Inventor field models posted by Autodesk after Kickoff had an error in the way the Pyramid was constructed. Autodesk has fixed the error and posted a new zip file for Autodesk Inventor 2013 and a STEP version on their Student Community page. The updated files can be accessed at http://students.autodesk.com/?nd=kitofparts_view. (NOTE: You must be logged into your Autodesk account to access the Parts Library)

Battery Connector Issue


We were alerted over the weekend to an issue with some of the battery connectors supplied in the Kickoff Kit and FIRST Choice. The wires and connectors were improperly assembled, creating the opportunity for a team to mis-wire the battery to the Power Distribution Board. Figure 1 shows properly and improperly assembled connectors, where the black cable goes into the positive position on the Anderson Power Products connector.

Kickoffs & Robot in 3 Days


Kickoffs

Last Saturday, a record 83 FRC Kickoffs took place simultaneously around the world.  A big thanks to our Kickoff Coordinators and all the other volunteers who made them happen!  You are fine examples of one of the greatest strengths in FIRST – our volunteers.


Robot in 3 Days

Have you seen this?  A robot built in 3 days capable of playing ULTIMATE ASCENT:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfyzbV6k02A&feature=youtu.be

Ultimate Ascent & Recommended Updates for LabView 2012


Hope everyone had a great Kickoff!  In case you missed it, here’s the password to the encrypted files: sAucersFlyRobotsClimb!


Recommended update for LabVIEW 2012

One Day to Go, FIRST Choice Maintenance and Game Piece Availability, NASA Broadcast, and More!


One Day to Go!

I hope everyone is as excited as we are here at FIRST HQ for Kickoff tomorrow.  I actually had a little trouble sleeping last night, and I already know what the game is!  (Hey – maybe I had trouble sleeping because the game is so great I can’t wait for us to reveal it!)

Driver Station Application Information

My blog yesterday contained an error.  Sorry about that.  The 2013 Driver Station Application is needed by all teams, not just those programming their robots using LabVIEW.  We have corrected the earlier post.

 

I’ll blog again soon.

Frank

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