Production is responsible for building our robot each year. They acquire material, build and design parts, and assemble those parts into a finished robot. Production is further broken down into functional departments. These are important because they help Production stay organized and help to keep the robot building process running efficiently. After all, without them we wouldn’t have a robot! Not only do they build a robot to complete the year’s game challenge, they also are in charge of the care and maintenance for our previous robots.
In the first week of build season, Production works heavily with Engineering to understand the core components of the robot. This collaboration of Engineering and Production is very essential to the success of the team because Production builds what Engineering creates, so if Engineering succeeds, so does Production, and vice versa.
After that first week, Production often splits into different groups. These groups normally build different parts of the robot; for example, one group would build the part of the robot that grabs things, and another group would build the base of the robot. Production also helps a lot with designing a drive train. In the 2014/15 season, Production was heavily involved in designing a new swerve drive train that was used by the 2015 robot. During build season, Production rarely has to work with departments other than Engineering, as most departments feed back into design, so Production normally understands what is going on by what Engineering tells them.