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The FIRST Robotics Competition 2018 Digital Animation Award

The FIRST Robotics Competition 2018 Digital Animation Award

Sponsored by This award celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). The award is offered to help encourage students to cultivate skills in design and creation of animation including, but not limited to, storytelling, creativity, use of computer software, and an understanding of different techniques ... Read More
 
BRX PLCs – Fortified with American Pride

BRX PLCs – Fortified with American Pride

What does “Made in the U.S.A.” mean to you? With so many consumer products – iPhones, laptops, toys, clothes, etc. – coming from overseas, does “Made in the U.S.A.” mean anything anymore? Well, companies like HOST Engineering sure think it does. Understanding that manufacturing products in the U.S. is far more than just an advertising ... Read More
 
VR Simulation of the 2018 FIRST Robotics Power Up Game Field

VR Simulation of the 2018 FIRST Robotics Power Up Game Field

Sponsored by: We got a lot of requests for the source files for the VR Simulation we posted. AutomationDirect is a big supporter of open source projects – Did you know the FRC Game animation was created by an open source program called “Blender?”  That’s what we use for all of our animation work here ... Read More
 
BRX PLC Story is the Most-Read Article on Control Design in 2017

BRX PLC Story is the Most-Read Article on Control Design in 2017

According to Control Design’s e-newsletter of 1/5/18, the most-read article published in their magazine in 2017 was “Arduino vs. PLC for Industrial Control”. This August 2017 cover story pitted an Arduino microcontroller against an AutomationDirect Do-more BRX PLC and asked the question, “Can a $20 micro-controller equal a PLC for a real-world industrial control application?”. ... Read More
 
VR Power-Up Field Tour – FIRST Robotics Competition

VR Power-Up Field Tour – FIRST Robotics Competition

That right … strap on your HTC VIVE or OCULUS RIFT and go play around on the POWER UP field. The lead animator from the recent FRC Game animations (Stronghold, Steamworks and Power-Up) also programs virtual reality games in his spare time. So, he took the assets from the FRC Power-Up Game Animation and dropped ... Read More
 
1/20th Scale Robots – 3D Printing Contest

1/20th Scale Robots – 3D Printing Contest

Since so many teams have 3D printers now, we thought it would be fun to have a 3D Printing Contest where you create a 20:1 scale model of your 2018 robot (FIRST POWER UP). The Contest Rules are posted below. To help get you started, we asked our FRC Game Animation Team to export the ... Read More
 
Scale Model of the POWER UP Field – 3D Printable

Scale Model of the POWER UP Field – 3D Printable

3D Printable, 1:20th Scale Model of the POWER UP Field AutomationDirect’s animation team converted the animation models into 3D printable models for you to play with.  This is the “playing field” for the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) game for 2018.  For more info about FIRST and the 2018 game: “POWER UP” – please visit the ... Read More