Recent News

North Star is a Shining (Robot) Moment

By Rebecca E., April 5, 2014
Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar

Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar

Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar

Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar
Click to Close.

The Green Machine - Team 1816 had a strong finish in our second competition, the Minnesota North Star Regional, at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota. At this Week 5 event, The Green Machine was the Captain of the Finalist Alliance! We also were awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and for a second time this season, won a UL Safety Honorable Mention for Industrial Safety. We were also honored to be chosen by other teams at North Star as the Number One Team for Pit Safety. We had a fantastic time participating in the largest event outside of Championships, with 123 teams in two very different competitions that were right across the street from each other.


A Winning Week 2 at the Lake Superior Regional

By Rebecca E., March 17, 2014
We were awarded the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award given to a FIRST Robotics team.

Team 1816 had a fantastic first regional event at the Lake Superior Regional, Duluth. We were awarded the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award given to a FIRST Robotics team. This award places a great emphasis on the STEM outreach and inspiration performed by an FRC team; we are honored to be role models for FIRST. We will take our performance record to the World Championship event in St. Louis, April 23 – 26, 2014.


Robot Customization via Stratasys, 3D Printing

By Matthew B., February 17, 2014
Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part

Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part

Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part

Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part
Click to Close.

Over the past few seasons, The Green Machine’s use of 3D printing has flourished. It began in 2010 when Stratasys Ltd. began sponsoring our team. Stratasys is an Eden Prairie based company that builds 3D printers and runs a 3D printing factory called Red Eye On-Demand. For those not familiar with 3D printing, 3D printing is the process of depositing layer upon layer of plastic on a surface in order to manufacture just about anything that can be made out of plastic. 3D printers use computer aided design (CAD) files in order to create customized parts directly from CAD. During the 2012 season, we used 3D printed parts primarily for presentation purposes by printing a scale model of our robot that year.