The Mechanical Department
The Mechanical Department focuses on the design and creation of the robot’s frame, manipulator and other specialized parts. This department oversees the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Subteam, the Fabrication Subteam, and the Assembly Subteam. The Mechanical Department works closely with the Strategy, Electrical, and Programming Departments.
The CAD Subteam
The CAD Subteam is responsible for the CAD of the robot. After the inital designs for the robot have been made, the CAD Subteam works to turn those initial designs and requirements into a 3D digital representation. KING TeC uses PTC Creo as our CAD software.
The Fabrication Subteam
The Fabrication Subteam creates parts on the robot from fabrication drawings done by the CAD Subteam. The Fabrication Subteam also directly communicates with KING TeC’s fabrication sponsors to have some parts machined.
The Assembly Subteam
The Assembly Subteam uses the CAD and newly fabricated parts to build the robot. They serve as quality control and ensure that all parts going on the robot are up to standard.
The Control Systems Department
The Control Systems Department works to construct all of the electrical components both on and off the robot. In addition to the main control board, the Control Systems Department is also in charge of making sure all of the pneumatic components on the robot are in working condition. This department works closely with the Mechanical and Programming Departments.
The Programming Department
The Programming Department is responsible for programming the robot during build season. In addition to creating both the autonomous and the drive programs, the Programming Department works on maintaining the FRC Survival Guide App. The Programming Department works closely with the Mechanical, Control Systems, and Strategy Departments.
The Strategy Department
It is the Strategy Department’s job to create a set of objectives the robot must follow on the field. This ranges anywhere from the starting position in a certain autonomous program, to which game objectives will be fulfilled during a match and how. It is also the Strategy Department’s job to utilize scouting data during competition to create a pick list for alliance selection. A strategy is needed to define what is most important in a game, such as the main scoring element, as well as other objectives that must be accomplished. This department works closely with the Mechanical and Programming departments.