2013 FRC off-season in the California Central Valley
Things are heating up here in the Central Valley, and not just the temperatures (108 today ).
FIRST Team 3970, the Duncan Dynamics, has recovered from an amazing rookie season and is meeting weekly. Their getting new members up-to-speed, practicing for upcoming presentations and of course, training on PTC tools. We'll be looking into Windchill for project planning and also using the 2012 season robot design for training new members on Creo 2.
FIRST Team 1671 is on fire as usual! In addition to team meetings every Thursday that bring in up to 50 students, the design team is meeting every Wednesday at a student's home for training. We're up and running on Creo 2 and just about have all the new members up and running on Windchill 10.1. The summer's project will be designing a new "swerve drive" from the ground up. This will give the team a chance to do a new product development project without the normal stress of the actual build season. A couple of objectives include a true Project Management Plan, quality detailed drawings, mechanism design and hopefully some structural analysis. This is all in addition to the primary objective of designing and testing a new drive train.
I look forward to hearing what everybody else is doing out there!