FIRST Robotics Success with Tormach and Sector67

Mobile makerspace at FIRST Championship Here at Tormach, we see the value in educating the next generation of machinists, engineers, and scientists, which is why we’ve been involved with FIRST Robotics for nearly three years.

FIRST Robotics pits kids against one another in a coordinated game of robotics with a pep rally atmosphere. And it has been incredibly successful.

Tormach PCNC 440 at FIRST Championship

This year, the championship was held in two locations, one in Houston and one in St. Louis. In a partnership with one of our local makerspaces, Sector67, we took a makerspace on the road to help kids make parts and fix robots in St. Louis.

With everything from a PCNC 440 to Miller welding equipment, the mobile makerspace was full to the brim.

Mobile makerspace at FIRST Championship

Cutting on a PCNC 440 at FIRST Championship

In four days, Tormach and Sector67 volunteers, with the help of some maker-folks from Kansas City, created, fixed, and milled over 600 parts on the fly for in-need FIRST teams.

In total, the FIRST Robotics Championship housed 1,394 teams from 39 countries and over 65,000 attendees, and the event is growing.

Cutting on a PCNC 440 at FIRST Championship

Sector67 mobile makerspace

Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

Chris Fox