The Robot
Mech Team
by: Nick Thomsen, Faraz Khan, Mark Wei
and Vish Gopalakrishnan
Section 1
General Rules
General Robot Definition
● Robot must have certain basic systems
o Power
o Communications
o Control
o Movement
● Robot must follow a design approach
o A box of disassembled parts on the ground is not considered a
Team Numbers
● Team number must be displayed on the robot
● Numbers must be
o At least 3.5” high
o At least 0.5” stroke width
o Black in color
o White background extending at least 1” from all edges of the
This example satisfies the constraints listed above.
The font is “Impact”, size 362pt.
Size Constraints
● Robot height may never exceed 78” in height during a match
o This means in the robot’s tallest position, it cannot be taller 78
inches (6’ 6”)
● Robot TRANSPORT dimensions: W28, L42, H78
● Robot Max weight: 120 lbs
o The weight will include the weight of any bumpers
o The weight will not include the weight of the battery
● Robot traction devices (like wheels) cannot have anything that will
pull up/severely destroy the arena carpet (like sandpaper, cleats,
velcro, etc.)
● Game pieces must be able to be removed from the robot at the
conclusion of the match
o Robots will not be reenabled after the match is over, so totes
and “litter” have to be accessible and removable while the robot
is off
Section 2
Safety & Damage Prevention
● Protrusions from the robot may not damage the arena and field
o the robot will be inspected if the protrusion is on the leading
side and has a surface area of less than 1”
Hazardous Items
● Items are not permitted if they are made of hazardous materials,
unsafe, and interfere with the operation of other robots.
● Items such as:
o Devices or materials that obstruct or limit the visibility of drivers
or coaches
o Audio devices that generate sound that can be a distraction
o Devices that interfere with the sensing and operations of
another robot
o Class I lasers, flammable gases, pyrotechnics, etc
o Circuitry that produces voltages in excess of 24V
Section 3
Budget Constraints
Overall Budget
● Total cost of the robot may not exceed $4000
● Teams must have a BOM and should be ready to present to
officials at competition
● In the BOM all non kit of parts items must be documented except:
o KOP items
o Any non KOP items that are under $1
● Any individual KOP part must not exceed $400
● However, individual parts if ordered in bulk may exceed $400 only
if the component individually does not excced $400
● Any components of mechanisms that are recycled from previous
robots must be included in the BOM with its undepreciated cost
● This rules above apply to any system or module.
Section 4
Fabrication Schedule
Schedule of Build Season
● Usual Bag and Tag
● Stop Build Day is February 17, 2015 at 11:59 PM
● On Stop Build Day, all robot elements must be bagged and sealed
except the withholding events.
Section 5
Material Utilization
Fabricated Items
● During Events, Teams will have access to Fabricated Items which
cannot exceed 30 lbs.
● During events that are two days, teams can use these items during
robot access time.
● The exception to this is the robot operator station and any robot
battery assemblies.
Legal Motors
6 Cims
unlimited of all other legal listed motors and actuators
Section 6
Material Utilization
Material Utilization
● Lubricants may used to reduce friction on the robot but must not
contaminate the ARENA
● teams may not store FABRICATED ITEMS outside the pits to be brought
to the event at a later time
● Teams attending 2-Day Events, these FABRICATED ITEMS may be used
during the Robot Access Period and/or brought to the Event, but the total
weight may not exceed 30 lbs. FABRICATED ITEMS constructed during
the Robot Access Period and bagged with the ROBOT are exempt from
this limit
Section 7
Motors and Actuators
See page 37 for complete list
Section 10
Pneumatic System
Pneumatic System
● All pneumatic items must be COTS pneumatic devices rated by their
manufacturers for working pressure of at least 125psi (with the exception
of R66-D)
All pneumatic COMPONENTS must be used in their original, unaltered
condition. Exceptions are as follows:
tubing may be cut,
wiring for pneumatic devices may be modified to interface with the control system,
assembling and connecting pneumatic COMPONENTS using the pre-existing threads, mounting
brackets, quick-connect fittings, etc.,
removing the mounting pin from a pneumatic cylinder, provided the cylinder itself is not modified,
labeling applied to indicate device purpose, connectivity, functional performance, etc.

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