KOP Drive System Opt Out

Oct 03, 2014 Written by FIRST Staff

Please see the update below on the Kit of Parts Drive System Option from the Kit of Parts team:

Given the positive reception the last two seasons, the option for Veteran FRC teams to opt out of receiving the 2015 Kit of Parts Drive System will be available again for 2015! Veteran teams can choose to receive a Product Donation Voucher (PDV) from AndyMark instead of the KOP Drive System at Kickoff.  Rookie teams will automatically receive the KOP Drive System.

The PDV will again be worth $450 and can be used on AndyMark parts. To accommodate orders and lead times, the option to opt out of the KOP Drive System for the PDV will be available ONLY from 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time on Monday, 10/6, to 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time on Friday Monday, 10/20. During that time, the option to receive the PDV in place of the KOP Drive System will be found in the “What’s New” section on the right side bar of the TIMS main screen.


"What's New" in TIMS

NOTE: If teams do not choose to opt out of the KOP Drive System in favor of the PDV by 10/20, they will be assigned the ‘default’ option of receiving the KOP Drive System as part of their Kickoff Kit.

To help you make your decision, we can give you some general information about this year’s KOP Drive System.

  • The drive base will look similar to the AM14U from 2014, but some changes have been made to address feedback from teams in the 2014 KOP Survey.The front and rear pieces are bent sheet metal instead of extrusion, and their front faces are no longer angled in (see End Sheet in section profiles PDF).
    • The inside side rails have a bend at the top, mirroring the outside rails (see Inside Sheet in section profiles PDF).
    • The chassis is still configurable to be either long, wide, or square, all with 6 wheel drive.
  • The chassis is set up to interface directly with the provided gearboxes (ToughBox Minis), similar to the AM14U.
  • Belts will be provided to power the provided wheels. However, there are mounting locations for other wheel sizes or types, should your team choose to go that direction.

We recognize that we are asking you to choose to receive or not receive an incompletely defined product, which can lead to frustration. Our goal is to give you as much information as possible without revealing details about the game. For example, the limited ground clearance on last year’s KOP Drive System implied that the 2014 field would be relatively flat, while a drive base with significant ground clearance would imply some type of obstacle on the field that robots will likely have to traverse.  If we revealed details such as ground clearance, we would be giving away too much of the game.

Here are profile drawings of the cross-section of each of the three pieces: the end sheet, the outside sheet, and the inside sheet.

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