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The Robotics Resource Center at WPI is designed to provide support to on-campus and off-campus activities and groups for projects and competitive robotics. The RRC hosts a number of robotics events each year, provides guidance and materials for student projects, and supports the Robotics Engineering major. The staff consists of Ken Stafford, Brad Miller, and Colleen Shaver.
Robot Drive System Fundamentals
A presentation of the basic considerations that affect mobile robot drive systems. This presentation includes sections on drive system requirements, traction fundamentals, FIRST motors, gearing fundamentals, a system design example, and practical considerations. It reflects the lessons learned by two long-time competitors in the FIRST Robotics Competition. It discusses both real-world issues and uses basic equations and calculations. Extensive use is made of photos and diagrams. This presentation is aimed at students, teachers, and engineering mentors involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition.