Robot Season Is Underway

Students at FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics is an organization that promotes STEM education through robotics competitions. While you might immediately picture science fairs of the past, FIRST events are more in the vein of a pep rally.

FIRST Robotics Championship

There are a number of local and regional competitions in which the students participate to reach the championships at the end of April, and those events are underway.


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While some FIRST teams have been using Tormach machines for a while, others have never experienced the value of CNC.

Tormach and Sector67 at FIRST Robotics Championship

That’s why Tormach partnered with one of our local makerspaces, Sector67, to create a mobile makerspace.

We were in La Crosse and Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the FIRST regional events doing on-the-fly machining with PathPilot’s conversational programming, as well as cutting prepared parts with students’ CAM. While CNC isn’t often associated with impromptu metalworking, we were able to help nearly 100 teams get their robots back into the arena by machining random brackets, holders, and anything else the teams needed.

Milling Parts at FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics Championship

The FIRST Championships are hosted in Houston and St. Louis at the end of this month, and Tormach will be in Missouri with a PCNC 440 in tow.

Machine shop at FIRST Robotics

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

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