With the season fast approaching (and pre-kickoff vouchers coming out!), we know teams are going to be hard at work on budgets, plans, and purchases to get ready for DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company. To help you make informed decisions, we wanted to give a sneak peek into the 2019 Game Manual and let you know what actuator controllers, MXP boards, and motors will be legal this season. We have three new legal actuator controllers this year, a new legal motor and also some changes to the automotive motor allowance. For a complete list of legal devices, scroll down toward the end of the blog.
Automation Direct Relays
Those of you who stopped by the Automation Direct booth at either 2018 FIRST Championship locations may have seen them showing off some small solid state relays. For the 2019 season, these devices will be legal for actuator control. Make sure to note that these devices provide only single directional control and connecting multiple together to attempt to create bi-directional control will not be permitted. You can find more info on the Automation Direct website.
REV Robotics Spark MAX Motor Controller and NEO Brushless Motor
The next two new devices are from REV Robotics. The Spark MAX Motor Controller is a CAN and USB enabled smart motor controller for both brushed or brushless motors. The NEO Brushless Motor is a sensored brushless motor with mechanical mounting and output power similar to a CIM motor. You can find more info about these devices on the REV Robotics website.
The DMC-60C from Digilent is an upgraded version of the DMC-60 motor controller adding CAN and smart controller functionality. You can learn more on the Digilent website or check out the software (still in progress)
Complete 2018 Actuator Controller List
- DMC 60/DMC 60c Motor Controller (P/N: 410-334-1, 410-334-2)
- Jaguar Motor Controller (P/N: MDL-BDC, MDL-BDC24, and 217-3367) connected to PWM only
- Nidec Dynamo BLDC Motor with Controller to control integral actuator only (P/N 840205-000, am-3740)
- SD540 Motor Controller (P/N: SD540x1, SD540x2, SD540x4, SD540Bx1, SD540Bx2, SD540Bx4, SD540C)
- Spark Motor Controller (P/N: REV-11-1200)
- Spark MAX Motor Controller (P/N: REV-11-2158)
- Talon Motor Controller (P/N: CTRE_Talon, CTRE_Talon_SR, and am-2195)
- Talon SRX Motor Controller (P/N: 217-8080, am-2854, 14-838288)
- Victor 884 Motor Controller (P/N: VICTOR-884-12/12)
- Victor 888 Motor Controller (P/N: 217-2769)
- Victor SP Motor Controller (P/N: 217-9090, am-2855, 14-868380)
- Victor SPX Motor Controller (P/N: 217-9191, 17-868388, am-3748)
- Spike H-Bridge Relay (P/N: 217-0220 and SPIKE-RELAY-H)
- Automation Direct Relay (P/N: AD-SSR6M12-DC200D, AD-SSR6M25-200D, AD-SSR6M40-DC200D)
- Pneumatics Control Module (P/N: am-2858, 217-4243)
The MXP approved board list remains the same as the 2018 season:
- Kauai Labs navX MXP
- RCAL MXP Daughterboard
- REV Robotics RIOduino
- REV Robotics Digit Board
- WCP Spartan Sensor Board
- Huskie Robotics HUSKIE 2.0 Board
The vague language regarding automotive motors that has been in the rules the last few years has led to a lot of confusion with teams and inspectors on what is legal and what is not. This season we are removing the generic automotive motor allowance and replacing it with a list of specific automotive motors that have been in the KOP in recent years.
- CIM (FR801-001, M4-R0062-12, AM802-001A, 217-2000, PM25R-44F-1005, PM25R-45F-1004, PM25R-45F-1003, PMR25R-45F-1003, PMR25R-44F-1005, am-0255)
- West Coast Products RS775 Pro (217-4347)
- Banebots (M7-RS775-18, RS775WC-8514, M5-RS550-12, RS550VC-7527, RS550)
- AndyMark 9015 (AM-0912)
- VEX BAG (217-3351)
- VEX mini-CIM (217-3371)
- Andymark PG (am-2161, am-2765, am-2194, am-2766)
- Snow Blower Motor (am-2235)
- AndyMark NeveRest (am-3104)
- Andymark RedLine Motor (am-3775)
- Nidec Dynamo BLDC Motor (am-3740)
- REV Robotics NEO Brushless (REV-21-1650)
- KOP Automotive motors (Denso AE235100-0160, Denso 5-163800-RC1, Denso 262100-3030, Denso 262100-3040, Bosch 6 004 RA3 194-06)
- Electrical solenoid actuators, no greater than 1 in. (nominal) stroke and rated electrical input power no greater than 10 watts (W) continuous duty at 12 volts (VDC)
- Hard drive motors or fans that are: included in any Kickoff Kit, distributed via FIRST Choice, part of a legal motor controller (including manufacturer provided accessories), or part of a legal COTS computing device
- Factory installed vibration and autofocus motors resident in COTS computing devices (e.g. rumble motor in a smartphone).
- PWM COTS servos with a retail cost < $75.
- Motors integral to a COTS sensor (e.g. LIDAR, scanning sonar, etc.), provided the device is not modified except to facilitate mounting