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Tutorials at T.i. are organized by their skill level. If you are a first time robot builder we suggest starting with the novice tutorials, and progressing on as you build future robots. All tutorials are written in an easy to understand format, although some of the terms used may be technical in nature. We suggest going over the Lingo tutorial first.
Amateur tutorials are written in the same easy to understand format as our novice tutorials, but with more advanced subject matter. We recommend starting with our novice tutorials first.
Finding the KE and Mass Moment of Inertia of your Weapon - A handy calculator page that finds the KE and MMI of your weapons systems. These numbers are useful for designing other parts of your robot, or just for bragging.
Four Bar Lifters Powered by the Front Bar - A discussion on 4 bar lifters, with a downloadable four bar lifter static simulation calculator.
KE vs MOI in Spinning Weapons - Wondering how heavy to make your spinner, and how fast to spin it? This tutorial goes over the basics of spinning weapon theory, as well as tooth design and placement.
Spin Up Time Calculator - This easy to use calculator, coupled with our mass moment of inertia calculator above, will help you get an idea of your spinning weapon's spin up time.
Using Bolts Correctly - Many people are using them incorrectly, and don't even know it.