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Mandatory Team Update & Axis M1013 Camera

Mandatory Team Update

Yesterday, we posted a Team Update that included a link to a mandatory Driver Station software update. This software update addresses issues with DS-FMS diagnostics and includes the new Log File Viewer. I wanted to call it out specifically because you won’t be able to compete without this new version. It’s a quick and easy update but if you have questions, please use the Technical Q&A system. Good luck!

Plastic Air Tanks -- Important Safety Notice

Over the weekend, it was brought to our attention that a failure of the white polypropylene air tank, donated by Clippard (Clippard PN: AVT-PP-41, AndyMark PN: am-2007, FIRST Choice PN: fc13-100), had occurred. Since the incident, Clippard has been in direct contact with the team that experienced the failure and is working to determine the root cause of the failure.

Safety, Safety, Safety


2013 Safety Animation Award Winner

We’d like to congratulate Team 245, the AdamBots, from Rochester Hills, Michigan, for winning the 2013 Safety Animation Award, sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories! Great work, team!

Team 2607, the Robovikings, from Warminster, Pennsylvania, is the runner-up for the award. Nice work!

FRC Competition Field for Autodesk Inventor, FRC Forums and the FIRST Future Innovator Awards


FRC Competition Field for Autodesk Inventor


The Autodesk Inventor field models posted by Autodesk after Kickoff had an error in the way the Pyramid was constructed. Autodesk has fixed the error and posted a new zip file for Autodesk Inventor 2013 and a STEP version on their Student Community page. The updated files can be accessed at http://students.autodesk.com/?nd=kitofparts_view. (NOTE: You must be logged into your Autodesk account to access the Parts Library)

Battery Connector Issue


We were alerted over the weekend to an issue with some of the battery connectors supplied in the Kickoff Kit and FIRST Choice. The wires and connectors were improperly assembled, creating the opportunity for a team to mis-wire the battery to the Power Distribution Board. Figure 1 shows properly and improperly assembled connectors, where the black cable goes into the positive position on the Anderson Power Products connector.

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