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Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

We had a crazy thought this summer during one of our iR3 meetings, what if we built an FRC bot in 3 days and documented the whole thing online?

Well, we decided this was a challenge we could undertake. And in doing so we could help all of those teams out there who don't have experienced mentors to help quickly prototype parts and figure out the basics of an FRC bot. Compressing the entire build season into 3 days will give these teams an insight that they might not get until the season is over, thus making them more competitive. And its fun.

We might fail, we might succeed, but definitely will learn something, so you should follow along at www.robotin3days.com on YouTube or on Twitter @RobotIn3Days.

Check out this video as an introduction to robot in 3 days:
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

Is Bacon trying to do this or is IR3?
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

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Is Bacon trying to do this or is IR3?
This is a separate thing from iR3 and Bacon. Its its own beast.
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This is a separate thing from iR3 and Bacon. Its its own beast.
Oh so its not like Bacon's competition bot?
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Oh so its not like Bacon's competition bot?
Not at all. This is a way to show teams all over the world in a compressed format some ideas on a bot for this years game.
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

Do you have a schedule on how you are going to do the 3 days?
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

Why three days and not a week or one day or something like that?
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

Don't give FIRST ideas...we like our 45 day build season. They can make it shorter. Never underestimate the power of the GDC.
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

Fun fact: During the summer, the engineers for FRC and the GDC test out the game by building robots. Some of the robots are completed in as little as 24 man hours!
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

Sounds like a great place to intern!
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Do you have a schedule on how you are going to do the 3 days?
Schedule is forthcoming, we will try to hit all the major tenets of a build season I.e. Strategize, Ideate, Build, Test and Adjust. Those four stages will most likely be truncated to 3 and supplanted with the more aptly named phased approach: "Don't Panic", "Consider Panicing" and "Why havent we been panicing?" We will be putting this schedule together and hope to have it released prior to kickoff.

Why 3 days? Well that's when most early prototyping and strategizing should take place, so we feel it'll offer the most bang for its buck. Plus, 6 weeks is just entirely too long and an awful lot of time to be spending mucking about machine shops and practice fields.

Why did we choose 3? As the good book doth say:

First shalt thou begin to create the Holy Robot, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then posteth thou thy Holy YouTube Videos of Antioch towards thy viewers, who being inspired by sight, shall be challenged to do better.
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Will you guys be working strait through the 72 hours (with shifts of people - half working, half sleeping) or will you be only working during the day?
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Re: Build a FRC bot in 3 days... Challenge Accepted.

Sounds like a fun challenge. I'm looking forward to the results!!

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I don't think we will sleep much.
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