The VEXpro Drive in a Day is done! Robot is built, wheels and chain and transmissions on. We built one half in 6WD and one half in 8WD. There are a few tweaks to make before starting production tomorrow.
Retail will be $99.99 for the basic frame.
Additional parts are available (battery holder, bumper mounts)
So I noticed the talent working this project included 2 VPs, a director, a mechnanical engineer, a marketing manager, 2 engineering interns, and 1 other intern. Being an engineering planning and cost analyst, I wondered “what would this project cost?” Specifically, if these people were to bid this as a contract, or charge it direct to the company, what would be the price tag.
Assumption: all 8 employees worked from 7:15am - 7:00 pm (11.75 hours)
The answer: Between $10,000 - $20,000
(ambiguity to not reveal proprietary information that would cost me my career)
Thank you IFI and VEX team for your many many hours of hard work and donations to support STEM education.
Students, consider this every night when you are at your build space. Look around the room, see all of the mentors there making your build season happen, and consider what their time is worth. If 1 day of 8 people working is worth between 10-20K to an engineering company, what is 6 weeks?
The founders / owners of IFI are both committed to supporting the FRC program. Tony & Bob have made it very clear that they want us to continue doing cool things like “drive in a day” to help support the community; this is great news for people like myself and the others in our company who came in on Sunday and are HAPPY to donate our time to projects like this.
I think it is fantastic that the co-owner and CTO of a multi-million dollar international company would give up his Sunday to play with robots. It makes me proud to work here.
Also… This was one of the first design projects that I’ve had the chance to work on with both Bob & Raul – it was a VERY cool experience to collaborate on such a short project with two such impressive designers.
Looks great! I have a couple questions about it though:
-What kind of torsional stiffness does it have?
-How much does the frame weigh?
-What are the configurable size dimensions?
-What are the axle diameters and what is your method of containing and tensioning them? (It’s very difficult to tell from the picture.)
What is “Narrow Wheel Config” vs. “Wide Wheel Config”?
I was under the impression this chassis was setup for a single configuration (23.5" x 31.5" “long orientation”). Is “Narrow Wheel Config” vs. “Wide Wheel Config” referring to the chassis configuration or the width of the wheels (i.e. 1", 1.5", 2")?