When people hear about the FIRST® Robotics Competition, they immediately think “Battle Bots!” but FIRST® is much more than that.


The FIRST® program was founded by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, in 1992.

The premise: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) teams usually consist of students from a high school, mentors from local corporate sponsors and volunteers from the community.  These teams are given a challenge in the beginning of January each year and then have 6 weeks to completely design and build a robot.  Teams then attend various regional and district level competitions where they get to showcase their hard work in hopes of qualifying for the Championship event, and have a lot of fun while they’re at it.

SOLIDWORKS has supported FIRST® teams for over 10 years now, but this year SOLIDWORKS made the process even easier for teams. Teams have the option to apply for SOLIDWORKS sponsorship – which provides teams with access to various tutorials and resources to start using SOLIDWORKS for their design and modeling needs.

I had the opportunity to speak with a number of teams at the Finger Lakes Regional held in Rochester, NY on March 28th and the excitement about SOLIDWORKS was apparent. A number of teams were already using SOLIDWORKS and others say they’d like to know more. Teams that are interested will again have the opportunity to apply for a SOLIDWORKS sponsorship in June for next year’s competition. We at CADimensions would love to support those teams in our region who choose to use SOLIDWORKS by providing resources and opportunities to learn more about the software and we’re open to ideas on how we can help your team be successful!

Good luck to all the teams as you finish up at the regional events and to those who attend the Championship event this year!

If you would like to know more about the FIRST® program or are part of a team that would like more information on SOLIDWORKS Sponsorship, feel free to contact me by email – acheney@cadimensions.com or apply for sponsorship on the SolidWorks Corp. website.

FIRST® website: www.usfirst.org

Get Sponsored by SolidWorks Corp: www.solidworks.com/FIRST

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FIRST®, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FTC®, are registered trademarks of FIRST® which is not overseeing, involved with, or responsible for this activity, product, or service.

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