SOLIDWORKS Sponsorship for FIRST Robotics Teams


Tshirts and Letters from FRC Teams

After talking with FRC teams at the FRC World Championship, District and Regional events, the SOLIDWORKS EDU team opens our FIRST Robotics 2015-2016 sponsorship today.  Why?  Many FIRST Robotics teams have summer camps, summer activities and summer learning sessions.  Our sponsorship has grown to well over 1100+ teams including FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO(R) League,  FRC, FTC and FLL.

SOLIDWORKS customers are engineers, designers and manufacturers.  As FIRST grows, SOLIDWORKS must be there to support students, mentors, and our customers. FIRST Robotics teams can apply for SOLIDWORKS Sponsorship at for the upcoming season.  Click on the link to apply for FIRST team sponsorship.

We need to fulfill team’s requests faster and provide tools to help teams learn to design better robots earlier.  Our software is not free and all teams must be verified for US export compliance.

SolidWorks Center Stage First Crown Supplier

Since 2014, SOLIDWORKS has been a  FIRST Crown supplier for virtual kit of parts.

2015_StudentEditionPackagingShot_thumbnailWith SOLIDWORKS sponsorship, teams receive:

SolidWorks 3D CAD Software for mechanical, part, assembly, drawings and

  •                Sheet metal and Weldments
  •                Photorealistic Rendering
  •                Animation
  •                Toolbox – fastener library of components
  •                eDrawings for sharing
  •                SolidWorks Costing

SolidWorks Electrical Software  for electro-mechanical, control system design

  •                SolidWorks Electrical 2D Schematic for single line and multiline schematics
  •                SolidWorks Electrical 3D for incorporating into you 3D CAD model, Bill of Material, and cable/wire harness

Schematic in SolidWorks ElectricalMotors and Battery in SolidWorks

SolidWorks Simulation for engineering analysis and simulation – to test your design in a real-world environment

  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium for stress, thermal, fatigue, structural design optimization
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation for flow analysis
  • SolidWorks Motion for kinematic analysis
  • SolidWorks Sustainability for environmental factor simulation
  • SolidWorks Plastics for manufacturing simulation of injection modeled parts
Displacement Distribution
Displacement on I-beam and support beams, when a uniform load is applied on the I-beam

Workgroup PDM to keep track of design revisions

SolidWorks Composer for technical documentation and animations used to document manufacturing instructions and assembly procedures, for use by marketing, graphic artists and engineers.


YOUTUBE Robot Tutorials

We have two playlists on YouTube with lessons on building a competitive robot  SOLIDWORKS Robot Tutorials and SOLIDWORKS Electrical Robot Tutorials.

There are 100’s of tutorials inside the software applications.

San Diego Robotics eDrawing

After acceptance of the SOLIDWORKS FIRST Robotics application, teams will be emailed serial numbers and a link to SOLIDWORKS robot tutorials created with the help of  our customer, Seabotix Inc. the world leader mini ROV manufacturer.

Now is the time to install SOLIDWORKS software and review basic SOLIDWOKS tutorials – before the build season.

Teams have access to  My SolidWorks, a place to connect, share and discover everything SOLIDWORKS.  Here FIRST teams can link to our parts catalog, 3DContentCentral, SOLIDWORKS forums, and tips about using SOLIDWORKS.  Just create a “Guest” Login account to access My SolidWorks.. All FIRST team members get 10 hours of free video learning content as a GUEST on  My SolidWorks.

Teams can share their models on our SolidWorks Education Facebook page.

Is there more?

This year, SOLIDWORKS tutorials have been created by many teams including  FRC 610 Crescent Coyotes, Toronto, Ontario and  FRC 973 Greybots  Ramp, Atascadero CA.

How does my team apply?

Apply for SolidWorks sponsorship and get ready for a great 2016 season.

For 12 years we have been supporting FIRST team and mentors .  We just made the process easier as a FIRST CROWN supplier.

SOLIDWORKS software is based on SOLIDWORKS Premium 2015.  Model files will be watermarked, “for educational use only.”  SOLIDWORKS supports international FRC teams.  Software fulfillment is subject to US export compliance. We talked to over 260 teams that used SOLIDWORKS at Championship, including all four HOOPER finalists.  HOOPER is my role model.  See her story here.  View our memories in the photo-video!

FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Thank you FIRST for giving us so many things to cheer about.

Thank you to all the teams that say thank you to SOLIDWORKS by displaying our logo, sending us letters, photos,  t-shirts, plaques, buttons and more! Marie






Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard