SolidWorks Sponsors FIRST Robotics Competition



Earlier this month, we kicked off the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for a new educational game, FIRST Stronghold(TM). SOLIDWORKS is a FRC Crown Sponsor, and for all teams that apply for sponsorship at, we will provide the SOLIDWORKS Robotics Suite of software tools.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Through our participation and sponsorship, SOLIDWORKS and our Value Added Resellers are assisting in the FIRST mission: “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”  No other organization has contributed more to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education and inspiration.

SOLIDWORKS customers are engineers, designers and manufacturers.  As FIRST grows, SOLIDWORKS must be there to support students, mentors, and our customers. We have been a FIRST team supporter and mentor for the past 13 years.



Thank you to over 1,000 teams that have asked for sponsorship already. We appreciate watching you compete and reading all your stories about the competition.  Every week, we get a thank note or news letter from a competitive team. Your stories with the cards, letters, buttons, t-shirts and photos are our emotional paycheck!  TheSOLIDWORKS – FIRST “tasty thank you award “goes to the FRC 1868 The Space Cookies.



Thank you FIRST for giving us so many things to cheer about.

Now is the time to install SOLIDWORKS software and review basic SOLIDWOKS tutorials – before the build season. Teams can share their models on our SolidWorks Education Facebook page. I am always looking to retweet great SOLIDWORKS models @marieplanchard1.

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Andy Mark AM14U3 Wide


We have created a great Kit of Parts modeled in SOLIDWORKS thanks to AndyMark and other SolidWorks customers, many parts are in native SOLIDWORKS format. Apply for SOLIDWORKS sponsorship, then download “2016KOP” at The zip files are separated by components and kits.




3D Content Central VEX Robotics


VEX Robotics is a certified supplier on providing more robot parts for the competition.


As part of our sponsorship, teams will receive the SOLIDWORKS Robotics Suite, featuring:


SolidWorks 3D CAD Software for mechanical, part, assembly, drawings and

  • Sheet metal and Weldments
  • Photorealistic Rendering
  • Animation
  • Toolbox – fastener library of components
  • eDrawings for sharing
  • SolidWorks Costing

SolidWorks Electrical Software  for electro-mechanical, control system design

  • SolidWorks Electrical 2D Schematic for single line and multiline schematics
  • SolidWorks Electrical 3D for incorporating into you 3D CAD model, Bill of Material, and cable/wire harness


Schematic in SolidWorks Electrical


SolidWorks Simulation for engineering analysis and simulation – to test your design in a real-world environment

  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium for stress, thermal, fatigue, structural design optimization
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation for flow analysis
  • SolidWorks Motion for kinematic analysis
  • SolidWorks Sustainability for environmental factor simulation – great for this year’s game Recycle Rush!
  • SolidWorks Plastics for manufacturing simulation of injection modeled part
  • Workgroup PDM to keep track of design revisions


Displacement Distribution
Displacement on I-beam and support beams, when a uniform load is applied on the I-beam


SolidWorks Composer for technical documentation and animations used to document manufacturing instructions and assembly procedures, for use by marketing, graphic artists and engineers.



Through our web page, teams can access SOLDIWORKS Tutorials for Getting Started and our SOLIDWORKS FRC video tutorial series. There are 100’s of tutorials inside the software applications.

San Diego Robotics eDrawing

After acceptance of the SOLIDWORKS FIRST Robotics application, teams will be emailed serial numbers and a link to SOLIDWORKS robot tutorials created with the help of  our customer, Seabotix Inc. the world leader mini ROV manufacturer.

Teams have access to  My SolidWorks, a place to connect, share and discover everything SOLIDWORKS.  Here FIRST teams can link to our parts catalog, 3DContentCentral, SOLIDWORKS forums, and tips about using SOLIDWORKS.  Just create a “Guest” Login account to access My SolidWorks.

Apply for SolidWorks sponsorship and get ready for a great season.



SOLIDWORKS software is based on SOLIDWORKS Premium 2015.  Model files will be watermarked, “for educational use only.”  SOLIDWORKS supports international FRC teams.  Software fulfillment is subject to US export compliance.

This post was originally published on our SOLIDWORKS blog and can be found here.

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard is Director of the Education Portfolio, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship. Marie is an advocate for engineering education and women in STEM.
Marie Planchard