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Basic Shop Safety by Evan Morrison
Outlines basic shop safety rules applicable to any shop. Includes a sample safety exam to test students on proper shop rules and hand tool usage.

Chassis Design Considerations by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Zan Hecht

This 2008 Workshop presentation covers the basic mechanics behind a FIRST robot chassis and how to design the best chassis for your application based on these principles.

Cyber Blue Design Process: 7 Stages for Continuous Development by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Christopher Fultz, FRC234, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Designing Competitive Manipulators: The Mechanics & Strategy by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Greg Needel

2008 presentation on manipulator design, from both strategy and mechanical design standpoints.

Drive System Designs by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Resources Workshop by Paul Ventimiglia, Founder of Paul's Robotics.

Effectively Using Pneumatics by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Ken Stafford

Pneumatics are used by a large number of FRC teams for a variety of applications. As in all other types of control systems these systems have advantages and disadvantages. This presentation explains the advantages and how best to exploit them.

Fast Track Your Robot Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Phil Dollan, Autodesk, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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FIRST Pneumatics Manual (2008) by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
This pneumatics manual is designed as a resource for any team that wishes to use these systems on their robot. Included are instructions for assembling pneumatic circuits.

FRC Drive Systems by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Ken Stafford, FRC190, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Document Management by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Scott Morris, PTC

Innovation Hour: Team 190 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Team 190

Some FIRST teams believe that innovation is more important than winning a competition or any award. This article by Team 190 explains their tradition of innovation. Also included is the team's method of “wowing” the competition.

Innovation Hour: Team 25 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Team 25

2007 Presentation by Team 25 on the development of their drivetrain

Innovative Design and Prototyping by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Dan Larochelle

Presentation by Dan Larochelle as part of the 2009 FIRST Kickoff Workshops regarding FRC 40's innovative process for designing their robot and developing scale prototypes.

Low Cost Robotics: Using Vex in FRC Prototyping by Arthur Dutra III
FRC Team 228, Gus Robotics, has been using the Vex Robotics Design System to build prototype models of its FRC robots since 2005.

Manipulator & Appendage Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Andy Baker, Co-Founder of AndyMark, Inc.

Motor Selection and Use by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Stafford

Presented as part of the 2009 FIRST Kickoff Workshops, these slides include techniques for improving motor selection and use relative to FRC Robots.

Robonaut’s Crab Drive Wheel Box by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by FRC118 as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Robot Drive System Fundamentals by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
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.

Solidworks 2007 Basic CAD Class by Jonathan Morgan
This curriculum is based around a 2 month (8 week) class schedule with class meetings once a week for two hours. We will cover all of the basic features of Solidworks that will be required for manufacturing simple parts, assemblies and drawings. Each class will be based around a goal(part, sketch, assembly, drawing) that will be created by the end of the class.

Strategies for Conceptual Modeling & Assembly Planning with CAD by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Scott Morris and Jordan Cox, PTC, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Strategy, Game Play and Effective Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Strategy is essential to a successful FIRST team. This presentation describes strategies that can be used in each portion of the season, from dissecting the game to scouting to alliance selection to game play.

Teaching Gear Theory to Students by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Transfer of power is essential to all robots. This presentation explains the basics of gear ratios using easy to follow examples. It also gives in-depth information on spacing, ratios and the use of LEGO gears.

Team Outline by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Many teams would like help organizing. Team 25, Raider Robotix, provides their team handbook, which outlines team accomplishments, organization and history in the hope that it will help other teams.

Underwater FIRST? FIRST Teams in the National Underwater Robotic by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
The experience a team goes through in FIRST enables teams to enter other robotics competitions and be very successful. Using Innovation FIRST robot control systems, a team need only acquire a few more components to build an underwater robot to compete in the National Underwater Robotics Challenge. The competition is hosted by FRC team 842, previously featured in Wired Magazine and ABC Nightline and team 1290 in a collaborative effort to get FIRST teams involved in a new “angle” in robotics competitions. FRC team 842 has been one of the top underwater robot teams in the country for 3 years straight, beating teams like MIT. This presentation will show teams how they can use their FIRST training to use FRC and FVC control systems to operate an ROV, or remotely operated vehicle. The basics of ROV design and operation will be covered as well as the parameters of the competition.

Using Belt Drives by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Eric Bjork, Gates Corporation.

Using Belts & Belt Drives by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Eric Bjork from Gates Corporation at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Using the Engineering Design Process for Design of a Competition by John V-Neun
This paper is designed to provide a basic understanding of the engineering design process and how to apply it to design of a competition robot. Though the engineering design process can be implemented in a variety of ways, this paper will highlight one particular method. This paper is targeted primarily at beginners but may also be useful for more advanced designers.

Using VEX to Supercharge your FRC Team by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Dan Larochelle, Griffith

Many teams wish that they could test their strategies earlier in the season rather than at the competition. This presentation shows the method used by FRC Team 40 to decide upon a design for their robot. The method used is called mini FRC, which is basically a miniaturized version of FRC created with VEX kits.

Why Design First by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Autodesk.

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