WCP MCC+ Robot 2019
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?
Because FIRST DEEP SPACE is hard. This is a game where teams without years of experience and resources can easily get left behind, and 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.
MCC 2019 - Deep Space
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.