These items are available to Teams directly from the Supplier either via download or custom order.
Product Donation Vouchers
16 Hertz: See the flyer in your Yellow Tote for more information
American Button Machines: American Button Machines has donated their button design software, Build-A-Button. Visit www.AmericanButtonMachines.com/first-robot/ and use your Team’s code found in TIMS to get started!
AndyMark: This voucher is only for teams who opted out of the KOP Drive System. Voucher code is available in TIMS.
AutomationDirect.com: See the flyer in your Yellow Tote for $30 in free parts!
Bimba: Starting January 9, visit bimba.com to receive free cylinders! (expired at the end of the 2015 FRC season)
DigiKey: See the flyer in your Yellow Tote for $50 in free parts!
Inventables: Use your Team's code in TIMS to get $30 of free Inventables parts! (expired at the end of the 2015 FRC season)
NextGen Robots: Use your team’s code in TIMS to get a CIM Cooler! (vouchers expired 5/1/15, but NextGen Robotics open to requests until 5/31/15)
For help designing circuit boards, Altium has donated their Designer Software
GitHub is offering free software hosting and collaboration tools for FRC Teams. Teams can request a free Silver Organization account from the GitHub Education page.
CAD Software (open the PDF for instructions):
PTC - Kit of Parts and Field
Autodesk - Kit of Parts and Field
SolidWorks - Kit of Parts and Field
Analyze data with Tableau Professional. Use the code in TIMS for five copies per team.
GrabCAD Workbench is an easy web-based tool for managing and sharing CAD files of all types. Workbench is available to all FIRST teams at no charge. Sign up for a free trial then email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them the email address you registered with and how many seats you need.
Mathematica and SystemModeler are excellent tools to model and analyze physical systems. Opportunities are available to obtain complimentary licenses for FIRST teams. Contact Carol Cronin at email@example.com to learn more about FIRST programs from Wolfram Research.
Use your Team's code found in TIMS to get access to the vision tool RoboRealm!
WPI, in conjunction with the Open Source Robotics Foundation, has developed a free and open-source 3-D simulation environment available to all FRC teams using C++ and Java. The FRCsim package is built on top of the Gazebo robotics simulator that has matured under DARPA funding. Using FRCSim, teams can develop and deploy C++ or Java WPILib robot programs to a set of provided robot models that run in a virtual environment with the click of one button. FRCsim can be used for testing code and gameplay. The simulated robots have a variety of FRC actuators and sensors (including virtual cameras and most of the existing KOP sensors). The 2015 playing FRC field and game pieces will be available soon, as well as additional sample robots based on the 2015 competition. To run the simulator, teams must have a machine running Ubuntu Linux. One-line installation instructions are provided by WPI here. We are working towards offering a Windows version of the simulation and the ability to import and program your own robot models for next year.