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What is MCC?

A Minimum Competitive Concept (aka MCC) is a robot specifically engineered to be a valuable asset to any alliance, while still being simple and accessible to any team, regardless of experience or resources. The WestCoast Products 2018 MCC robot is designed with the intent of ensuring teams have a greater chance of not only being chosen for an alliance in the elimination rounds, but also leading their own alliance as a part of the top 8 seeds.


Why did we (WCP) make an MCC?

As FRC games become more challenging, it is WestCoast Products’ goal to provide these teams a way of achieving success both on and off the field through proven and tested concepts. Every year we end up seeing teams performing beneath their capabilities because of small strategic oversights, use of underperforming COTS parts, and most commonly, a lack of design experience. We want to break the mold and show that teams can build a competitive robot in a matter of days without breaking the bank or having anything more than hand tools and commonly accessible machines.

In order to decide what style of robot would best universally compliment any alliance, our engineers conducted a thorough strategic analysis of FIRST DEEP SPACE from the point of view of every kind of team imaginable, from the high performing veterans to the clueless yet excited rookies. Our findings, alongside invaluable input from some of the pros of FRC (seen below), led us to the conclusion that the best minimum competitive concept would be a robot that could grab discs/balls from the loading station, score them in the rocket , and be able to drive on ramps and platforms without getting stuck. All the while leaving room for upgrades as the season goes on for teams. Armed with this information, our crew designed and built the WCP MCC 2019 robot in five days. We are confident that this robot will be a fantastic addition to any alliance.

In order to decide what style of robot would best universally compliment any alliance, our engineers conducted a thorough strategic analysis of FIRST POWER UP from the point of view of every kind of team imaginable, from the high performing veterans to the clueless yet excited rookies. Our findings, alongside invaluable input from some of the pros of FRC (seen below), led us to the conclusion that the best minimum competitive concept would be a robotthat could grab cubes from the loading station, score them in either the switch or exchange, and be able to drive on ramps and platforms without getting stuck. All the while leaving room for upgrades as the season goes on for teams. Armed with this information, our crew designed and built the WCP MCC 2018 robot in five days. We are confident that this robot will be a fantastic addition to any alliance.

In order to decide what style of robot would best universally compliment any alliance, our engineers conducted a thorough strategic analysis of FIRST Steamwork from the point of view of every kind of team imaginable, from the high performing veterans to the clueless yet excited rookies. Our findings, alongside invaluable input from some of the pros of FRC (seen below), led us to the conclusion that the best minimum competitive concept would be a robot that could passively grab gears from the loading station, score them, hang robustly, and all the while use the extra space to have a hopper that could quickly load and dump into the low goal. Armed with this information, our crew designed and built the WCP MCC 2017 robot in five days. We are confident that this robot will be a fantastic addition to any alliance.

In order to decide what style of robot would best universally compliment any alliance, our engineers conducted a thorough strategic analysis of FIRST Stronghold from the point of view of every kind of team imaginable, from the high performing veterans to the clueless yet excited rookies. Our findings, alongside invaluable input from some of the pros of FRC (seen below), led us to the conclusion that the best minimum competitive concept would be a robot that could actively control a Boulder, score in the low goal, climb the tower, traverse under the low bar, and drive over the B & D style obstacles with ease. Armed with this information, our crew designed and built the WCP MCC 2016 robot in five days. We are confident that this robot will be a fantastic addition to any alliance, and has the potential for modifications that will allow it to tackle the rest of the Defenses, should a team choose to do so.