F4 is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 7th CADathon from 6pm Eastern of August 1st to 8pm of August 4th Eastern . These dates were selected based on the responses from this poll . The live show will be featuring a brand-new panel of judges and will be streamed on August 13th on the First Updates Now (FUN) twitch channel!
Due to the steady rise of competing teams, we are giving Judges a full week to judge the submissions this time around.
Watch Live on the 13th : https://www.twitch.tv/firstupdatesnow
There will be giveaways for those who watch live, and prizes for winners of various awards. Stay tuned for further information on this.
For those unaware, a CADathon is like a hackathon but with CAD. People/teams are given a short period of time to CAD a specific thing (in this case a robot) ending with a panel of judges selecting a winner. If you would like more information on the CADathon check out our second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth CADathons.
As for what will go on in ours:
Teams will be made of up to 3 participants . Teams can be premade with people who know each other or participants can enter by themselves and compete solo or be assigned a random partner if they wish. Partners will be assigned by skill level along with the prerequisite of sharing a common CAD suite. We will try to make sure partners are in the same time zone but that will be more difficult.
From there, every CADathon participant will be invited to the F4 CADathon slack, where they will be able to talk to each other, and be able to ask the GDC questions directly. The teams have approximately 3 days to CAD a robot from the game reveal. The game reveal will include a CAD model of the field, and a game manual. When they are done, teams must create a high quality render of their robot and submit a link to their robot uploaded in its entirety on GrabCAD. Help will be provided if you need help rendering, or using GrabCAD
Teams will also submit a google forms “pit scouting document” which will help explain their design to the judges.
All files except finals renders need to be submitted by 8pm on August 4th. We will allow an extra 24 hours for renders (you will not be able to change or edit the CAD after August 4th, however you will be allowed to manipulate mechanisms to be in their ideal render positions. Once done, the files will be inspected to make sure they adhere to the game rules.
On August 13th, a special F4 CADathon show will go live, hosted on the FUN twitch channel. A panel of 3 special guest judges will judge each robot on set categories explained in the game manual. The judges will also present their scores for each design, their reasoning behind their scores, and finally announce the winners.
The only prerequisites to join are that you are willing to spend time doing it and that you have access to some CAD software. You can be any age (this is not limited to students) and we encourage everyone from newbies to the most advanced CADers to put their skills to the test. If you are new to CAD and would like to be on a larger team to help yourself learn, please contact us as these will be handled on a case to case basis. If you are interested please sign up at the link below. Sign Ups close on July 31st at noon but please sign up as soon as you decide to participate.
Sign up form:
(If you are signing up with a partner(s), every member of the team must submit a signup form, not just 1 member of the team).
If you are interested in being a Judge on the show, apply here:
Link to join the CADathon Slack: