Quick Build 2015


Memphis FRC

Quick Build 2015

[Last Change: 1/5/2015 11:30am]

When: Sat Jan 10, 2015 (RSVP by Jan 7)
Time: Registration starts at 8:30am
Location: University of Memphis, Herff College of Engineering, Engineering Technology Building
Who: Due to limited space, the mechanical quick build is for Rookie and 2nd Year Teams ONLY.

To help with the new control system, all teams are invited to have 3 students attend the Control System Quick Build.

Mentors are always welcome to come and help out. (coaches please include your coach/mentor count in your RSVP email)


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 team is REQUIRED to turn in a team roster and copies of a signed FRC Consent and Release Forms for each participant. These will be turned in when the team checks in at the event.

Goals of the quick build session:

  • Complete a basic robot base (frame and drive system – for those invited to the mechanical quick build)
  • Wire and test the robot control system


  • 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 2015 image (Netbook only, Win 7, 8 or 8.1 for laptops), LabVIEW, Java and/or C/C++ and Driver Station installed. See Post for instructions
  • 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
  • Printed Team Roster (from TIMS), with those attending highlighted.
  • Please RSVP via Email to dekohn@memphis.edu by Jan 7, 2015 indicating your Team number, Team Name, School, Contact Person (Teacher) and Number of students and adults (coaches and mentors) attending event. Please include any special dietary needs of your students or mentors. Please be accurate on the count since the food order will be based on the numbers provided.

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 and Control 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 and the “radio”, camera, cRIO configuration and driver station configuration as well as creating the base code for testing. 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.

See the tools list HERE for the tools required for the control system build. Add to that a power drill and bits, a SMALL Adjustable wrench and/or wrench set and a small Flathead and small Philips screw driver. For the base build see the AM14U2 Users Guide for the MINIMUM tool list. I would suggest that you follow Recommended Tools for AM14U2 Assembly_Rev2 instead if you want to assemble the base as quickly as possible.

Kit of Parts (KOP): Each team is required to bring all the parts included in the 2015 ROOKIE TEAM KIT. The full KOP should be pre-sorted into kits for the Mechanical, Programming and Control System.

Please sort according to #5 in THIS POST

Vetran teams also need to bring the following items from the previous year’s kit:
– Driver Station (Netbook, joysticks (2x)) with 2015 image, LabVIEW, and all Updates (LabVIEW, Utilities and Driver Station) installed!
– camera (with power cord)
– old radio w/power cord

All teams should bring:
– 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 and you bring all the parts that are in the ROOKIE KOP.

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 Admin 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. Please include any dietary restrictions when you RSVP.

For Veteran teams who are doing their own mechanical quick build the instructions are HERE.

There are also videos available:

Wide Drive Base Assembly

Long Drive Base Assembly

Toughbox Mini Gearbox Assembly

Wheel Assembly

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