With Build Season coming up very quickly, I wanted to introduce a project that I have been working on: frc.parts is a website that helps facilitate parts exchanges. Whether your team needs a part for a fast approaching deadline or you have some extras to spare, frc.parts allows you to reach out to connect with other teams in your area.
My team has both asked for and received parts from teams in our area, but we were limited to teams that a team member had a connection with. It was hard for us to find parts when we needed them, because we do not have connections with a lot of local teams, especially teams that could use access to some of the extra parts that we have. frc.parts addresses this problem by creating an open community where exchanges can happen beyond a small list of personal contacts.
In order for this project to work, we need teams who are willing to be generous and loan parts to other teams. This will not only allow other teams to request parts from you, but will have people ready to help out when you need a part! Loaning parts can be a great way to build connections with other teams that could be helpful in the future.
I started this project largely based on my personal experiences with parts exchanges, so if you have any comments on how to improve it, please let me know!
It is currently only for the San Francisco Bay Area. However, if you and other teams in your area would like for another region to be added, you can request a new region.
I hope that you team finds this to be a helpful resource. Good luck to all teams this season!