View Full Version : Absolute beginner looking for resources

11-15-2007, 11:15 PM

I know this is terrible forum etiquette, ( posting a question that's answered already in a million different places ), but our captain assigned us to post this exact phrase, so please forgive my obedience = )

"I am a brand-new member of a robotics team, and I'm looking for resources to read about the competition."

Any answers are great, otherwise if you (reasonably and justifiably) decide I should go look it up myself, that's great- I'll do that too =D


11-15-2007, 11:26 PM
Resources, you say? Try this thread (http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=59475). Also the whitepapers in CD-Media (http://www.chiefdelphi.com/media/?).

11-15-2007, 11:34 PM
Well, I'm not exactly sure of what resources about the competition you need, but you could use search. Assuming you want to know general stuff, there's a couple of places, probably none of which I'll address. First off, the search box is your best friend. :D Secondly, there's the official FIRST website (http://www.usfirst.org/what/frc/default.aspx?id=366), and a few documents on Chief Delphi's Whitepaper section can help a little bit, some of them even pretty humorous (http://www.chiefdelphi.com/media/papers/1499). Did I mention there's a search function built into the forums? Or how about Google.com? Neat little site... :)

Anyway, hope you find what you need, and welcome to FIRST!!!

[EDIT: Yah, I'll have to agree with the first link in the above post. I forgot all about it, and I was just there today]

11-16-2007, 09:35 AM
I would start with the rule book about the 2007 game. I know it's dull, but if you know the rules like the back of your hand it's extremely easy to design a robot that already takes every rule into consideration -- including weight, dimensions, etc.

The second thing I recommend you do is go to Moe365's website and look at their rookie resources, particularly noting the schedule. We didn't follow that schedule intentionally our rookie season; our rookie season just happened that way. It can definitely help you realize the time constraints on everything.

The third thing I recommend you do is get someone who is willing to spend a few extra hours a week on CAD. Sure, you can use 80/20 for everything on a bot but good luck keeping it all under the weight limits -- Inventor & Solidworks have easy-to-follow tutorials and nearly anyone can begin work on simple parts right after the tutorials. Plus, there are libraries of FIRST cad parts (www.firstcadlibrary.com) so you don't have to spend hours making them -- just putting it all together. This will end up saving you vast amounts of time during your integration phase of your season.

Good Luck!