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Fabrication Foundations (through VRC)

Fabrication Foundations (through VRC)

VRC: Applying for your Fabrication Foundations Micro-Certification
As a member of a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by RECF and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through VRC.

The Fabrication Foundations Micro-Certification covers cutting, measuring, drilling, and 3D printing which are commonly performed by technicians on robotics systems.

The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

To apply for yours:
  • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
  • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
  • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
  • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
  • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads

Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

Exam Prep: Fabrication Part 1 (e.g. a Chassis, through VRC)

The exam will test your knowledge of using common tools used for fabrication like hand sawshand files, hand drills. You will also be tested on reading and interpreting drawings and understanding how to use measuring tools like dial calipers and rulers

Exam Prep: Fabrication Part 2 (e.g. a Motor Mount, through VRC)

Motor mounts allow you to fasten motors to a chassis. In this unit, you will be tested on your understanding of how to fabricate motor mounts using aluminum. Skills like how to cut, file down aluminum, reading and interpreting drawings, and bending aluminum are part of this section.

Exam Prep: 3D Printing (through VRC)

In this unit, you will be tested on your understanding of the use of a 3D printer. Topics include using 3D modeling software, loading a model, preparing the model for printing, and finally printing the model. 

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