SOLIDWORKS Supports the FIRST Robotics Competition and DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company

The DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company Field in SOLIDWORKS Visualize
The DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company Field in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

 

And we have lift off! The 2019 FIRST ® Robotics Competition, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company has officially begun, kicking off today at 10:30 on the official FIRST Twitch channel.

The FIRST Robotics Competition
The FIRST Robotics Competition Championships, 2018

 

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) advocate, as the “Ultimate Sport for the Mind.” High school aged teams around the world have six weeks to build a robot and vie for the chance to compete in the FIRST Championship in April. This intense period of team work, engineering, design, marketing, and more helps encourage young people to pursue futures in STEM, while they build their self-confidence, knowledge base, and life skills.

FRC Teams can experience the playing field using AR and VR
FRC Teams can experience the playing field using AR and VR

 

SOLIDWORKS is proud to sponsor over 1000 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams and help develop the engineers and innovators of tomorrow. Teams who apply for a SOLIDWORKS sponsorship have access to a dozen SOLIDWORKS products, including individual licenses to SOLIDWORKS Premium, SOLIDWORKS CAM, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional, the MySolidWorks for Students community, hours of tutorials, and so much more.

2019 Game Piece created in SOLIDWORKS Visualize
2019 Game Piece created in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

 

2019 marks SOLIDWORKS’ fifth year as a Crown Supplier of FIRST. All FRC teams have access to the 2019 Kit of Parts (KOP) in SOLIDWORKS and STEP formats, which they can use to create quick assemblies and models of their robots.

SOLIDWORKS sponsors hundreds of FIRST Teams
SOLIDWORKS sponsors hundreds of FIRST Teams

 

FIRST Robotics Competition teams can apply for a SOLIDWORKS Sponsorship here: www.solidworks.com/FIRSTSponsorship

The SOLIDWORKS Kit of Parts for 2019 and previous years can be found here: www.solidworks.com/FIRSTKOP

John Abele, FIRST’s Vice-Chair, Chairman of the Development Committee, and retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation, using VR in the 2018 season.
John Abele, FIRST’s Vice-Chair, Chairman of the Development Committee, and retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation, using VR in the 2018 season.

 

This year, SOLIDWORKS created three experiences that allow FIRST teams to virtually explore the playing field.

SOLIDWORKS’ eDrawings Measurement
SOLIDWORKS’ eDrawings Measurement

 

SOLIDWORKS’ eDrawings Measurement 

Be the first to get a sneak peak of a new feature coming to eDrawings. Easily measure any aspect of the field virtually using any device. All you need is the link!

SOLIDWORKS’ Visualize 360 VR 

Explore multiple hotspots of the virtual field with high-resolution, 360° VR images, in a web browser or on mobile devicesPlease note that not all web browsers support 360-degree videos and images. Best viewed in Google Chrome.

SOLIDWORKS: SimInsights VR Field Training Experience powered by the SOLIDWORKS XR Exporter
SOLIDWORKS: SimInsights VR Field Training Experience powered by the SOLIDWORKS XR Exporter

 

SOLIDWORKS: SimInsights VR Field Training Experience powered by the SOLIDWORKS XR Exporter

Virtually tour and learn about the field and gameplay in a rich experience. Step into the field alone or with team members in a collaborative session and freely roam or interact with learning elements to understand how aspect of the field function and how the gameplay works so you can better prepare for the live environment.

 

DASI Solutions
DASI Solutions

 

The SOLIDWORKS community is excited to stand behind FIRST teams and help support teams on a global and local level. David Darbyshire, president of DASI Solutions, a Preferred Educational Reseller, and his team have created a special resource website for FIRST teams, www.DASIFirst.com.  DASI has supported Michigan FIRST teams and their mentors in Pontiac, Jackson, Detroit, and other cities and towns throughout Michigan for many years.

The playing field created in SOLIDWORKS Visualize
The playing field created in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

 

Thank you to SOLIDWORKS interns, UMASS Lowell mechanical engineering senior Lucas Hansen and Northeastern University mechanical engineer junior Eamon McCarthy for creating the 2019 KOP and SOLIDWORKS Visualize animations – without knowing all the details.

The DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company playing field in eDrawings
The DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company playing field in eDrawings

 

SOLIDWORKS is ready to blast off for DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company and the 2019 FRC season!

Sara Zuckerman

Sara Zuckerman

Sara Zuckerman is a freelance writer currently working for SOLIDWORKS Education. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and recently earned a Certificate in Web Development from MassBay Community College. Sara is excited about utilizing this blog to combine her two passions, writing and technology.
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