Kit of Parts

 

Each season, FIRST Robotics Competition teams receive Kits of Parts (KoP). The KoP is not designed to be a "bolt together" solution to play the game, but is a starting point, containing mostly donated components from Suppliers across multiple industries.

FIRST Robotics Competition Suppliers are an incredibly supportive group who are proud to be involved in the hardest fun you'll ever have! Be sure to thank them when you see them at our events!

The KoP System consists of three parts, available to teams through a variety of sources.

Kickoff Kit

FIRST Choice

Virtual Kit

 

Kit of Parts overview

 

 

2019 Kit of Parts Timeline


Kickoff Kit Detail

A box of parts delivered to teams at the start of the season...

The Kickoff Kit consists of items that we pack in totes (mostly in totes, there are typically exceptions for late or big items) and distributed to teams on Kickoff at local Kickoff sites (or for those teams that don't make it to a Kickoff, shipped directly to the team at the team's expense, aka MySite shipping).

There are two permutations of this: one set of items that go to all teams and a second set of items that goes to 1st year, aka “rookie,” teams.

Drive Base Opt Out

"Event ready" veteran teams are invited to opt-out of the Kickoff Kits' drive base kit and instead receive a voucher to AndyMark. Information is here, instructions are here, and the deadline is October 9, 2018. 

Kickoff Kit: Size & Weight

Check back in December, 2018 for a deliberately vague “heads up” with to what kind of sizes, weights to expect for Kickoff Kit elements.

Checklists

Kickoff Kit contents are detailed in the Checklists. Encrypted versions will be posted right before the 2019 Kickoff.  

Missing or Damaged Kickoff Kit Items

Teams are strongly encouraged to check their Kickoff Kits and their contents upon receipt. In order for any missing or damaged items to be replaced by FIRST, Teams must submit a Replacement Parts Request by Noon Eastern on Friday, January 11, 2019. For questions about Replacement Parts, please contact frcparts@firstinspires.org

 

 


FIRST Choice

Items available via an online menu in exchange for credits issued to all teams...

 

 

Teams get items from FIRST Choice using either the Priority List system in Rounds 1 and 2 or via a traditional "open" ordering process. 

The 2019 FIRST Choice process is detailed in a flow chart here

Priority Lists

FIRST and AndyMark use a prioirty list system, similar to the event preferencing system, to invite teams to indicate what they'd like and distribute items in a way that doesn't result in a mad cyber rush to get to high value inventory that a typical first-come, first-serve model does.

Here's how it works:

  1. Each team makes a list & updates shipping detail. A team creates a Priority List (a prioritized list of FIRST Choice items that a team would like) in their FIRST Choice account, and the lists are locked at a specific time/date (see timeline above). Shipping charges will apply (details to be posted on the FIRST Choice site before Priority Lists are locked), and a billing address, a shipping address, and credit card information must be provided before creating your Priority List. Additional charges may apply for international teams, for which the team is responsible, and AndyMark will address on a case by case basis.
    • Login information for the FIRST Choice site will be posted in each team’s registration account when Round 1 opens and will be viewable by lead mentors 1 and 2. 
    • Only event-registered or secured FIRST Robotics Competition teams will have access to their login information, and thus only event-registered teams will be able to create and submit a Priority List.
    • Priority Lists will be created using (and only accepted via) the Priority List feature on the FIRST Choice site.
    • Priority Lists are saved each time the user clicks “Update,” letting teams add, subtract, and re-prioritize items until the deadline.
    • Upon the deadline, any existing Priority Lists are locked, processed, and no additional changes may be made (we strongly encourage you complete your list at least a day before the due date to avoid unexpected delays or surprises).
    • If you feel overwhelmed by the options, there are sample lists like “pneumatics” or “vision” available for quick selection. You can select a sample list for your priority list – or use it to get started and edit/customize as you see fit. Caution though, when you select one it will wipe an existing list and start fresh.
    • Any priority list submitted by a team that has not secured first-event registration payment with FIRST by noon (eastern time), Dec. 5, 2018 will be discarded before lists are ported in to the auto draft system (please anticipate at least one business day for registration payment to be processed and the updated status to be relayed to AndyMark).
  2. AndyMark randomly ranks lists. After lists are locked, each list with at least one item is assigned a random rank (the order in which individual teams complete their Priority Lists before the deadline does not affect their rank). 
  3. Items are assigned. In rank order, AndyMark’s auto draft system queries the team’s highest priority item and, provided the team has the credits and FIRST Choice has the inventory, issue the item to the team. This applies to each Priority List line item as ranked. If the team doesn't have enough Credits to cover the entire amount (but at least one) or FIRST Choice inventory doesn't have the entire quantity (but at least one), the team will get as many as their credits/FIRST Choice inventory allow. If credits or inventory can’t cover one, it will move on to the next ranked item so the team is not skipped for that round. Once the draft system gets to the last ranked Priority List, the draft system will query that last Priority List’s next item and work its way back up the ranks (for Teams that know how we’ve done Alliance Selection in the past, this serpentine process probably seems familiar). This draft continues until inventory’s gone or Priority Lists are exhausted. Inventory is then updated for the next phase of FIRST Choice. We will not publicly publish teams’ Priority Lists, the assigned rankings, or final order contents.
  4. AndyMark ships your order!

Open Ordering

The open ordering phase of FIRST Choice is a traditional first-come, first-serve ordering process. Teams add items to their carts and check-out using credits remaining after the priority list phases. 

 

 


Virtual Kit Detail

Products available directly from the Supplier either via download or direct order...

Product Donation Vouchers

 

 

 

Consider using for…

Thank you…

for your voucher for…

which expires on…

Drive Train

Control System

Electrical Supplies

Pneumatics

Sensors

Shop Material/Tools

AndyMark

$450

4/15/19

X

X

X

X

X

X

Armabot

One RS7 Encoder

4/27/19

 

 

 

 

X

 

AutomationDirect

$35

4/30/19

X

X

X

X

X

X

Clippard

$20

9/1/19

 

 

 

X

 

 

Inventables

$100

5/1/19

 

 

 

 

 

X

REV Robotics

$40

4/30/19

X

X

X

 

X

X

TE Connectivity

$25

6/1/19

 

 

X

 

X

 

 
Software

 

 

 

Consider using for…

Thank you…

for your donation of…

which expires on…

Animation

CAD

CAM

Certification

Circuit Design

Programming

Simulation

Training

Altium

Altium Designer

12/31/19

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Autodesk

Fusion360

n/a

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

Inventor

n/a

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

Synthesis

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Eagle

n/a

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

3DSMax

n/a

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastercam

2019 Educational Suite

9/30/19

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

National Instruments

LabVIEW

1/15/20

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Multisim

1/15/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultiboard

1/15/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTC

Creo

n/a

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathcad

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windchill

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vuforia

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siemens

Solid Edge

12/31/19

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solid Edge Certification

12/31/19

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

SolidProfessor

One Membership

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS CAD Premium

n/a

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

SOLIDWORKS​ Motion

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional

n/a

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

n/a

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLIDWORKS

Composer

n/a

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional

n/a

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

MySolidWorks ​Professional

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Details

 
Altium

What: Altium Designer, 1-5 student licenses to be shared per high school team. Altium Designer consists of all the tools required to produce a PCB from concept to manufacturing, electrical and mechanical. 

Expires: 12/31/19

Access Codes: n/a

Link: www.altium.com/frc

To access: Fill out the form at www.altium.com/frc

 
AndyMark

What: $450 voucher for veteran teams that opted out of the Drive Base Kit (shipping not included)

Expires: 4/15/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.andymark.com

To access:

  1. Shop at AndyMark.com.
  2. Upon checkout, enter your team’s access code.

Fine print:

Any order over $450 will be the responsibility of the customer and will need to be paid to AndyMark through normal order purchasing methods.

 
Armabot

What: One RS7 encoder (shipping not included)

Expires: 4/27/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.armabot.com

To access:

  1. Go to www.armabot.com
  2. Select 1 or more RS7 encoders (first unit free with this voucher)
  3. Enter your valid code from the FIRST team registration system
  4. Enter shipping and billing information
  5. Place order and wait for arrival (3-5 days in continental USA)
  6. Installation instructions at www.armabot.com
  7. Technology tutorial for encoder implementation at www.armabot.com

Fine print:

Valid for purchase of one RS7 encoder individually or multiple product order that includes one RS7 encoder.

Limit one per FIRST Robotics Competition team.

Must be registered for the 2019 robotics season.

Voucher not transferable to other people or teams.

 
Autodesk

What:

  • Autodesk Fusion 360 – Explore design ideas quickly and easily with the integrated concept-to-production platform with 3D CAD/CAM. Connect your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.
  • Autodesk Inventor – Professional grade solution for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation.
  • Synthesis: An Autodesk Technology – A simulator designed to help teams design, test, and experiment in a virtual game environment with the virtual game field.
  • Autodesk Eagle – Bring your next spark of an idea to life with powerful PCB design software made for every engineer.
  • Autodesk 3DS Max – 3D modeling and animation solution used by game developers, visual effects artists, and graphic designers to create massive worlds, stunning scenes, and engaging virtual reality (VR) experiences.

Expires: n/a

Access Codes: n/a

Link: www.autodesk.com/first (a dedicated page for everything FIRST and Autodesk related including CAD datasets, tutorials, and access to Autodesk software)

To access: Click the link above to get started.

 
AutomationDirect

What: $35 (shipping not included)

Expires: 4/30/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: https://library.AutomationDirect.com/free-first-voucher/  

To access: (follow closely, the discount cannot be applied AFTER you place an order!)

  1. Login as Lead Mentor 1 or 2 at www.firstinspires.org to retrieve your team’s voucher code.
  2. Login to www.AutomationDirect.com with an existing account OR create a new one at www.AutomationDirect.com/new-user.
  3. Visit www.AutomationDirect.com/Voucher and enter your team’s code. This will enable a one-time $35 credit for your account (any amount not utilized on the order will be forfeited).
  4. Shop!

Fine print:

Orders must be placed online. No ‘call in’ orders. Stock items ordered by 6:00pm EST will ship the same day.

Orders must ship to a US or Canadian address. Credit cards must be issued by a US or Canadian bank.

This voucher cannot be used towards shipping fees or Canadian brokerage fees.

A credit card (or PayPal) will be required to pay for shipping for orders under $49.

Larger orders may qualify for free two-day shipping – see website for details: http://www.AutomationDirect.com/static/specs/adpolicy.pdf.

This voucher cannot be used to pay sales tax. A credit card (or PayPal) will be required to pay any applicable taxes. If your team/organization is tax exempt, you can submit appropriate documentation online during checkout.

 
Clippard

What: $20 in products ordered online (shipping not included)

Expires: 9/1/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.clippard.com

To access: Visit www.clippard.com, select your products, and use the access code at check out.

Fine print: You must be logged in for the voucher to be validated.

 
Inventables

What: $100

Expires: 6/3/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.inventables.com 

To access:

  1. Retrieve your team’s voucher code from the FIRST system
  2. Add the desired items from our store to your cart.
  3. Use the voucher code as a gift certificate code.
  4. Check out as normal.
 
Mastercam

What: 1 license to Mastercam 2019 Educational Suite (includes your choice of Mastercam or Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS). Mastercam is a CAD/CAM software that can be used to both design products and program the processes to manufacture parts, specifically on CNC machines. Mastercam generates toolpaths that drive machine tools to turn designs in to physical parts.

Expires: 9/30/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.mastercam.com/firstrobotics

To access:

  1. Go to www.mastercam.com/firstrobotics and register
  2. Complete and submit the registration form. Once the form is received and processed, you will receive detailed instructions on how to download and install the software.
 
National Instruments

What: NI LabVIEW software. This license also provides access to more than a dozen LabVIEW add-ons, NI Mutisim for SPICE simulations, and NI Ultiboard for PCB design.

Expires: 1/15/20

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.ni.com/first

To access:

  1. Access your team’s serial number. Have your Lead Mentor 1 or 2 log in to your team’s account at www.firstinspires.org to access your serial number by clicking on "Passwords/Voucher Codes."
  2. Download software. Get NI LabVIEW for FIRST Robotics Competition via the FIRST Robotics Competition Resource Hub at www.ni.com/frc.
  3. Learn and Earn. Learn LabVIEW with free online training and earn skills badges at www.ni.com/frc.
 
PTC

What:

  • Creo – 3D CAD software that can save your team time and budget by designing, assembling, and testing your robot before the physical build.
  • Mathcad – Engineering calculation software that documents your team’s critical engineering calculations.
  • Windchill – Project management in the cloud. Securely manage and share all your files (documents, images, CAD files).
  • Vuforia – Vuforia for computer vision and augmented reality. Determine the precise 3D location of objects and surroundings in your robot’s field of view.
  • Kit of Parts – PTC models all the parts from the official FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts and playing field.

Expires: n/a

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.ptc.com/go/first

To access: Visit www.ptc.com/go/first.  

Questions? Email first@ptc.com

 
REV Robotics

What: $40 (shipping not included)

Expires: 4/30/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: http://www.revrobotics.com/2019-frc-voucher

To access:

  1. Add any items from revrobotics.com to your cart.
  2. At checkout, enter your voucher code in the coupon code box - the value of the voucher will be applied to your order. 
 
Siemens

What: Solid Edge software & students can take Siemens’ industry-recognized Solid Edge Certification online exam at no cost.

Expires: 12/31/19

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: https://solidedge.siemens.com/en/resources/solid-edge-certification/

To take the exam:

  1. Follow the link above (or search for “Solid Edge Certification”)
  2. Once on the Siemens Certification website, choose which version of Solid Edge with which you are most familiar.
  3. Register using a valid email address.
  4. Select the “Associate Level 1 (appropriate for high school students)” exam.
  5. Enter the access code (case sensitive) as the discount code.

Fine print:

Students have 3 hours to complete the exam. Good luck!

 
SolidProfessor

What: One free membership per team

  • CAD & CAM video-based courses, tutorials, and practice problems to get your team up to speed before competition.
  • A library of software titles and topics, including SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk, Onshape, MATLAB, 3D printing, and more to round out your team’s design knowledge.
  • Search functionality to quickly find answers to all your design questions throughout build season.

Expires: n/a

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.solidprofessor.com/frc

To access: To register your team, please visit https://www.solidprofessor.com/frc and fill out the form.

 
SOLIDWORKS

What: Free student sponsorship

  • SOLIDWORKS Kit of Parts
  • SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical
  • SOLIDWORKS Composer

Expires: n/a

Access Codes: Available to Lead Mentor 1 and 2 in the team registration account

Link: www.solidworks.com/FIRST

To access: Interested student teams should complete the online application at: www.solidworks.com/FIRST.

 
TE Connectivity

What: $25 redeemable via the TE.com sample program (shipping included). Example items here

Expires: 6/1/19

Access Codes: n/a

Link: www.te.com/first

To access: Instructions outlined here