Each year the students and mentors of MMRambotics Team undergo an intensive six
week build process to create competition ready robots for FIRST robotics battle.
FIRST was founded in 1989. It is a 501 public charity with five different programs
catered to combine excitement of sports with science and technology. Children in
different age groups compete under strict guidelines with limited resources and
under time restrains. The idea is to help develop team working skills, build robots,
program robots and make robots perform tasks while compete against other teams.
The FIRST program gives students the opportunity to work as close as possible in
real-world engineering field and interact with robotic applications.
Robots competing in FIRST weigh up to 120 pounds and are faced with incredible tasks
relying on the skill of their drivers and their programmers. With so many moving
components in each robot, quality bearings become an essential factor in the robot's
build. Due to the size, weight and load placed on FIRST robots, axles and joints
must be able to handle extraordinary amounts of stress.
Bearings are much more efficient than their bushing peers and the MMRambotics team
utilizes dozens of bearings in each design. "The Boca Bearing Company has been
an uncompromising asset during our build season. They offer CAD models for their
parts which is essential to our initial design stage. During the build process they
make sure we have our bearings as quickly as possible due to the time constraints
of FIRST robotics."
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