Inspiring Solutions for Robotics Students
Noud van Brunschot, Mechanical Design Engineer and CAD wizard at DM Wheel Systems has been a mentor in the FIRST® Robotics Competition since 2013, when he was a student at Fontys Hogeschool.
FIRST® Robotics Competition: a worldwide game-changer
Two other competitions in the programme are aimed at primary school level and are very popular in Dutch and other European primary schools. The Programmes are known as FIRST Lego League for ages 6-10 and FIRST Tech Challenge for ages 12-18. “It’s just the FIRST Robotics Competition the has not yet found a solid footing in the Netherlands or Europe” says Noud. He hopes this will change: “It would be great to have a European regional competition as the costs involved in competing annually in America can be a barrier for some participants.”
Mentoring offers rewards
“I’ve always liked working with technology, and I really like being part of the development process, particularly helping young people develop into innovative, solutions-focussed thinkers. That is very satisfying to see. The interaction with the students is a lot of fun as well”.
World Cup Winners
“It’s a top-sport” says Noud, “...like a Superbowl for geeks. The energy and excitement of the kids, being part of a World-Cup winning team, that moment when everything fall into place... it was fantastic”.
4481 is on the job for 2020
The team is currently in week 4 of the cnstruction phase of the development process. Weekend competitions will be held in Los Angeles from 27 February, forming the preliminary rounds for the World Cup in Detroit this coming April. “This year we will keep a record of our progress in a blog with lots of videos and updates, which we also provide on our YouTube channel”.
DM Wheel Systems lends a hand
“Encouraging and facilitating collaboration between the students is a very important part of my mentoring role and also an important part of my work at DM Wheel Systems. Co-engineering is a collaborative problem-solving process that can produce world class results. The Dutch are known for it, and our team of young people from Eindhoven proved it again last year at the FIRST Robotics World Cup Competition.
During their visit, the students were keen to explore how DM Wheel Systems could help them by producing the axles, shafts and wheels needed to complete their robot. With Noud’s help, the students will generate and supply the STEP files required to program our machines, including a CNC lathe with a robot arm loader. Robots being used to make a robot! It seems process and product have come full circle.
Manufacturing on demand is our speciality and we are standing-by to receive orders from our enthusiastic young design team. Bring it on!