Introduction: Downloading the Arduino and Drive Station Software You'll Need for MiniFRC (UPDATED 11/2/17)

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MiniFRC Is a Bi-annual mini-robot competition held by FRC team 4561, the TerrorBytes. Teams build quarter scale robots to compete on a quarter scale FRC field. In this tutorial, I will show you how to download and install all the necessary software for MiniFRC. This includes:

  • Arduino software
    • AFMotor library
  • MiniFRC Driver Station 2017

This tutorial was made for windows 10

(Update note: This tutorial was made before a friend of mine wrote the "MiniFRC Driver Station 2017". His new drive-station application massively simplifies the software process. In the past, it was necessary to download Python and several modules. Now all you need to download is an application.)

Step 1: Arduino Software

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go to the arduino download page and click "Windows installer". Then click "Just download". When that finishes, run the exe and complete the wizard.

Step 2: AFMotor Library

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Go to the AFMotor library Github. Click "Clone or download", then "Download ZIP". When that finishes, launch arduino and navigate to "Include Library" in the Sketch tab. Click "Add .ZIP Library..." and select the file you downloaded from the Github.

Step 3: MiniFRC Driver Station 2017

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Go to this Github repository. Click "Clone or download", then "Download ZIP". When that finishes, unzip the folder and navigate to MiniFRC-2017-master > MiniFRC-2017-master > build > exe.win32-3.5. There are 2 important files in that folder. The first one is the file "Drivestation.exe". Running this application is how you will launch the Drive Station. It is recommended that you add a shortcut to this exe on your desktop. The second file is "config.txt". Instructions on what to put in this file are in the "readme". If you don't understand the readme watch this video.

Step 4: Example Config File

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Comments

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-06-15

This is great. I hope you will share more FRC projects in the future.

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