Quick Build 2013

Memphis FRC

Quick Build 2013

[Last Change: 1/8/2013 9:30pm]

When: Sat Jan 12, 2013 (RSVP by Jan 8)

Time: Registration starts at 8:30am

Location: University of Memphis, Herff College of Engineering, Engineering Technology Building

Who: Memphis City School Teams and invited guests

Special Guest: Ryan Sparks from National Instruments (who will be doing a LabVIEW Seminar for team programmers)


Parking: Teams are asked to park in LOT 45 (Shown above) off of Zach Curlin Street. The gate will either be open or someone will be there to open it for you.

Release Forms: Each participant is REQUIRED to turn in a Release Form for the event. These will be turned in when the team registers at the event. Those over 18 years old can fill out the form at the event (all other require a parent or guardian signature)

Goals of the quick build session:

  • Every team to complete a basic robot base (frame and drive system)
  • Every team to have an updated driver / programming station
  • Every team to have basic code loaded to the control system
  • Every team should have a running robot base by the conclusion


  • Every team will bring their Kit of Parts with them to the build sessions (pre sorted)
  • Every team is REQUIRED to have netbook and/or laptop computer (with 2013 image (Netbook only, Win XP or 7 for laptops), LabVIEW and Driver Station installed – this will be done for teams if computer, power supply, LabVIEW DVD and image thumbdrive (for 2013 rookies only) are left at UofM at kickoff, otherwise it will be the team’s responsibility to perform these tasks.
  • Non-Rookie Teams will have the parts from last year’s robot not included in their Kit of Parts with them as well (mostly control system components)
  • Tool Kit for each team
  • Safety glasses for all participants in the building of transmission, robot frame and electronics control board
  • Gloves for those building the robot frame
  • Release forms for all participants (under 18 years of age will need parent signature)
  • Please RSVP via Email to dekohn@memphis.edu by Jan 8, 2013 indicating your Team number, Team Name, School, Contact Person (Teacher) and Number attending event (please be accurate, since food will be ordered based on numbers).

Schedule (Tentative):

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome
  • 9:15 Break into teams
  • 9:30 – 11:30 Build
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-2:30 Build
  • 2:30-3:30 Testing
  • 3:30-4:00 Clean Up

Teams will be broken up into Build, Control and Programming Teams. The Build Team will be responsible for building the robot frame and drive train (gear boxes and wheels). The Control Team will be doing the electrical wiring, “radio”, cRIO configuration and driver station configuration. The Programming Team will participate in a LabVIEW seminar with Ryan Sparks from National Instruments. Please decide who will be doing what BEFORE coming to the Quick Build.

Tools: Each team is required to bring their own tools to the quick build session. The following is the MINIMUM tools required:

Frame Building Team

– 3/16” allen wrenches (2), preferably a T-handle, screwdriver type, or loop/wire handle for fast turning
– Cordless drill w/ 3/16” allen wrench bit is a plus
– 7/16” combination wrench
– Pliers
– Hammer
– Tape measure
– Marking pencil/pen/marker/masking tape
– Flat head and Phillips screwdrivers
– 5/32” allen wrench
– 5/16” socket
– 9/16” socket (2) (deep well are a plus)
– 3/8” socket
– 1/2” crescent wrench
– Hack Saw
– metal file
– Safety Glasses and Gloves for every student

Electronics Team

– Wire strippers
– Wire cutters
– Wire crimpers – a good set with handles at least 7” long
– Phillips screwdriver ( #2)
– Flat Screwdriver
– Wago flat screwdriver
– Digital Multimeter
– 3/8” combination wrench
– 10mm combination wrench
– Tape measure
– 7/16” combination wrench
– Cordless drill small drill be set up to 3/8”
– Safety Glasses and Gloves for every student

Programming Team

– Laptop computer loaded with LabVIEW and Driver Station Software (would be better if you have one PER programmer)
– Joystick(s) that will be used by the team
– USB Thumb Drive to back up code

Kit of Parts (KOP): Each team is required to bring all the parts included in the ROOKIE TEAM KIT. The full KOP should be pre-sorted into kits for the Mechanical and Control System. HERE is the list of how to sort the KOP as a PDF file. If you have Word 2010 you can download this file and sort it any way you wish. Everything in the Andymark Drive Base Kit, along with the 2.5″ CIM Motors (part number 217-2000 or RM25R-45F-1004) from the Black Tote need to go in the Mechanical Team Kit. Pretty much everything else in the KOP needs to be brought with you, and sent to the Control System Room.

Vetran teams also need to bring the following items:
– Driver Station (Netbook, joysticks (2x)) with 2013 image, LabVIEW, and all Updates (LabVIEW, Utilities and Driver Station) installed!
– cRIO with all the modules
– camera (with power cord)
– old radio power cord
– old 27pin cable (cRIO to Digital Side Car Cable)
– at least 2 Jaguar Motor Controllers
– one charged battery

Due to limited time we CANNOT wait while a team tracks down a part so it is critical that the kits are pre-sorted.

Those non-rookie teams will need to pull the items not included in their KOP from their previous robots and kits and are required to bring your driver station.

Safety: Please go over the safety guidelines in section 4.2 of the FRC Manual and the FRC Safety Manual with your teams before attending the quick build sessions. These points will be reinforced at the opening session of the quick build, but items like clothing to wear, safety glasses and the prohibition on wearing jewelry need to be known by students ahead of time.

Lunch: Will be provided and will be (TBD).

Documentation for Quick Build:

Any questions: Please contact Prof Daniel Kohn at dekohn@memphis.edu