Bot Building & Teacher Resources
This page contains resources for students and teachers for designing and building the Bot along with safety protocols for all teams and programs.
NRL Team-Resource-Guide updated 11-18
Rio Botz Combot Tutorial
RobotBattles (How To)
NRL Project Completion Timeline
NRL Technical Regulations update 2018-19
NRL Competition Rules & Regulations – revised 2018-19
Every Bot must start with a good design, and SolidWorks can help you get there. Plus, student licences are free for NRL teams. If you are interested in applying for a free SolidWorks student licence, please apply here.
Mastercam is pleased to partner with the National Robotics League. As a result of this partnership, teams participating in NRL are eligible to receive one license of Mastercam. Mastercam delivers CAD/CAM software tools for all types of programming, from the most basic to the extremely complex. It is used for 2-axis machining, multiaxis milling and turning, wire EDM, router applications, free-form artistic modeling and cutting, 3D design, drafting, surface and solid modeling. In both education and industry, Mastercam has the largest installed base of any CAM software worldwide.
Additionally, schools will receive access to Mastercam University. Mastercam University contains online video-based training that is developed exclusively by Mastercam.
If you are interested in receiving your free Mastercam software license and free access to Mastercam University, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mastercam NRL request”:
* Team name / School shipping address / Main contact name / Main contact email address / Main contact phone number
Tormach is a proud supporter of the NRL program because the company recognizes that it is vital to provide an accessible entry into the world of capable machining. The Tormach for Educators page provides resources and creates a path to access tools that are as simple as possible for those looking to teach CNC, machining and fabrication.
NRL Teams – Heat Treating Offer from Paulo: Depending on material selected, Paulo will provide free heat treatment for NRL Teams. Please contact our Metallurgy department above to setup your processing. We are proud to support the NRL and want to help all of the teams build the best bots possible. For more information on Paulo or to see our locations, please visit www.Paulo.com.
Gears Educational Systems – Ready to build your first ‘bot, but not sure where to start? A Gears Kit may be just the ticket.
Armadillo Robotics Kits – 15lb Bot kit that you can add a weapon upgrade.
FingerTech and BotKits – companies with 3lb Bot kits to help you practice.
Best Practice Safety Protocols and the NRL – This safety manual is an easy-to-use guide for important safety information and provides NRL participants with a basic set of requirements to maintain a safe environment during all aspects of the Bot manufacturing process, special event and competitions.
NRL Safety Inspection Checklist – This is what the safety team will most likely be looking for at competition day. Review so you’ll pass inspection!
NRL Protection of Minors – Code of Conduct – Includes transportation guidelines, reporting guidelines, and more
NRL Adult-Student Contact GUIDANCE – Sexual Misconduct: What You Need to Know and Do to Prevent It
There are numerous online stores that provide supplies for building a Bot.
American Science & Surplus
The Robot Marketplace