“The team that prints robots.” – Behind the Design

Our team has reputation for going beyond the ordinary in order to demonstrate innovative new technologies. From a mere 15 members working out of our school’s closet we have grown to 48 members working out of the ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. 

2011

January 1, 2011

2011

LogoMotion FIRST Team 3824 began in 2011. A student interested in robotics asked a computer science teacher at HVA, Mrs. Lin, to start a robotics team. With only one week until the registration deadline for the Smoky Mountain Regional, we had to find sponsors. That year FIRST Team 3824 worked…

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2012

January 1, 2012

2012

Rebound Rumble   In their second year, Team 3824 sought sponsorship from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which included the opportunity to move our work place from “the closet” to the state-of-art Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF). At the MDF, they had the advantage of using additive manufacturing, commonly known as…

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2013

January 1, 2013

2013

Ultimate Ascent   During their third year, Team 3824 started using carbon fiber composites to reduce the weight of the robot, in addition to using 3-D printing. The hard work paid off; they came away with several prizes including Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by Delphi at both Palmetto and Smoky…

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2014

January 1, 2014

2014

Aerial Assist As the team progressed, far more of the robot became 3D printed, culminating in the Black Lotus in 2014, the first fully 3D printed robot.  This robot not only brought success on the field, with a Regional title, Industrial Safety, and Industrial Design awards, but it also served…

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2015

January 1, 2015

2015

Recycle Rush With the 2015 season came a continued push to integrate the 3D printing, which helped the team achieve the Regional Champion title at both competitions they attended. Throughout this entire process, Team 3824 does not just focus on the technology and robots themselves. They reach out into the community,…

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2016

January 1, 2016

2016

Stronghold The 2016 game proved to be tough and forced the team to embrace technology the team had not had previous experience with. They did with open arms, and went to the point of naming their robot for that game, Pultruder, after this age old technology, pultrusion. Team 3824 not…

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