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Disposable AA batteries
(I learned that rechargeables are 1.2 V instead of 1.5 V so I no longer recommend rechargeables for competitions - but they are handy for practicing)
12020Walmar, etcPartsHave backup batteries for NXT - essential. Note: NXT battery is $50, so it is more economical to use AA batteries as spares (requires 6). http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-eneloop-Pre-Charged-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B004UG41XW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342179492&sr=8-1&keywords=eneloopYes

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Axle Hubs 2 pack84.8738.96Lego FTC StorePartsUse instead of shaft collars where possible; shaft collars are unreliable. These have many uses, so it pays to have a ton of them.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/Yes

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DC Motors0$17.47$0Lego FTC StorePartsTeams are initially better off getting "Tetrix DC Motor Pack" to stock up on DC motor controllers, mounts, hubs, and wires. After they have enough of those, then it makes sense to buy DC Motors by themselves either as spares or replacements for failed motors. http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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DC Motor controller0800Lego FTC StorePartsAllowed FOUR per robot; only ONE included in kit. It is very important to get more of these, but it is initially more economical to get them in the Tetrix DC Motor Pack along with other parts required to add more DC motors to a robot.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix battery13535Lego FTC StorePartsHave AT LEAST one extra Tetrix battery - essential at competitions and for heavy practice. Sometimes these batteries can go bad.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Servo Motor Pack1105105Lego FTC StorePartsIncludes a servo controller, and teams should consider having a spare for competitions in case of electrical problems with the one that comes in the kit.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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FTC Resource Kit1199199Lego FTC StorePartsEvery team should get one or two resource kits - it provides OUTSTANDING value for a team that is starting from scratch. From there, teams should do some analysis of the kit and the prices of individual parts to avoid wasting money on excessive quantities of certain items. http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix Servo217.535Lego FTC StorePartsBrings total to 6 servo motors, which is typically enough to equip most robots plus have a spare or two available.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix DC Motor Pack4104.97419.88Lego FTC StorePartsProvides enough parts to have max motors plus 2 spareshttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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4" omni wheels 2 pack120.9720.97Lego FTC StorePartsUseful part. Allows either omni-drive or dualie wheels on 2WD / 4WD robot.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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250 mm axles 3 pack211.1722.34Lego FTC StorePartsUseful part; also one that gets cut up or bent. Buy extras.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Sprockets and Chain pack148.9748.97Lego FTC StorePartsIncludes 6 sprockets and some chain (chain tool not included)http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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16 tooth sprocket 2 pack111.8711.87Lego FTC StorePartsExtra small sprockets - most commonly used size, and cheaper than larger ones.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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24 tooth sprocket 2 pack016.070Lego FTC StorePartshttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Chain + connecting links19.779.77Lego FTC StorePartshttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Bevel Gear 2 pack120.9720.97Lego FTC StorePartshttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix Angles (288 mm) 2 pack29.7719.54Lego FTC StorePartshttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix Flat Bars (288 mm) 2 pack46.7727.08Lego FTC StorePartshttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix Channel (288 mm) 2 pack419.5778.28Lego FTC StorePartsDon't buy the smaller sizes; they are way more expensive per mmhttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix Channel (416 mm) 1 pack812.57100.56Lego FTC StorePartsDon't buy the smaller sizes; they are way more expensive per mmhttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Fuse protected DC motor power cable49.0736.28Lego FTC StorePartsHelps avoid damaging motors (cheaper and easier than replacing those)http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix Flat Brackets 2 pack84.1733.36Lego FTC StorePartsVery handy part.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Tetrix L brackets 2 pack63.4720.82Lego FTC StorePartsVery handy part.http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Flat Tetrix building plate 2 pack29.0718.14Lego FTC StorePartsUseful, but do not overuse in places where sheet aluminum or plastic workshttp://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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6-32 x3/8" SHC screw x10013.923.92McMasterPartsStandard size - some included in kit but none in resource kithttp://www.mcmaster.com/92196A146

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6-32 x5/8" SHC screw x10013.923.92McMasterPartsNonstandard size, but handy to havehttp://www.mcmaster.com/92196A150

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6-32 x3/4" SHC screw x10014.034.03McMasterPartsNonstandard size, but handy to havehttp://www.mcmaster.com/92196A151

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8-32 x3/8" set screws (for axle hubs)15.245.24McMaster-CarrPartsSet screws from axle hubs get lost or damaged. Have extras for "orphaned" hubs.http://www.mcmaster.com/92311A192

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Long screws x100 pack (McMaster part number 92196A155 and 92196A157)2816McMaster-CarrPartsThese screws have important uses (required especially for the robot drive - the most crucial mechanical system) yet we don't get many in the kit. Buy extras and avoid hassles later. Note: >4X more expensive if you buy 20 packs from Lego.

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20 amp mini fuse (x5) for batteries (McMaster part# 7460K517) 13.183.18McMaster-CarrPartsNeed extras! They are cheap so have a lot on hand.http://www.mcmaster.com/7460K517

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Velcro Fastener x 15'11515MenardsPartsHas many uses including fastening electronics and batteries to robot frameBuy at local Menards / Lowe's / Home Depot

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Cable ties0Menards / Lowe'sPartsBuy different sizes, but only 11" or shorter is allowed in 2011-2012 rules.Buy at local Menards / Lowe's / Home Depot

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Extra Lego Brick (i.e. robot brain)PartsNext year we can use the Lego EV3, so actually you might want to hold off on this until next year.

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Electrical TapeParts

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String / RopePartsUp to 1/8" diameter; the smallest string from Walmart or Menards would be fine.

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6-32 x7/8" SHC screw x10014.334.33McMasterPartsNonstandard size, but handy to havehttp://www.mcmaster.com/92196A152

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6-32 x1" SHC screw x10015.215.21McMasterPartsNonstandard size, but handy to havehttp://www.mcmaster.com/92196A153

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6-32 x1.25" SHC screw x10018.548.54McMasterPartsStandard size - very good to get more of (not many in kit)http://www.mcmaster.com/92196A155

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6-32 x1.5" SHC screw x10019.819.81McMasterPartsStandard size - very good to get more of (not many in kit)http://www.mcmaster.com/92196A157

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6-32 x1.75" SHC screw x2512.972.97McMasterPartsNonstandard size - but longer sizes are very handy to havehttp://www.mcmaster.com/92196A158

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6-32 x2" SHC screw x2514.784.78McMasterPartsNonstandard size - but longer sizes are very handy to havehttp://www.mcmaster.com/92196A159

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6-32 Nylock nut x10014.884.88McMasterPartsNylock nuts stay in place better than the standard nutshttp://www.mcmaster.com/91831A007

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#6 flat washers13.443.44McMasterPartsGood for fastening to custom aluminum and plastic partshttp://www.mcmaster.com/96659A102

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6-32 x7/16" BH screw x10015.345.34McMasterPartsStandard size - in kit but not resource kit. Less protruding head is often useful, but small hex size strips more easily. Good to have more of these since the original supply can run out.http://www.mcmaster.com/92949A149

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#25 chain half link61.59AndyMarkPartsMakes it much easier to size a chain when you can fit it to the nearest 1/8" instead of the nearest 1/4" increment. http://www.andymark.com/product-p/am-0682.htm

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Polycarbonate sheet, 4'x8' sheet15050Cope PlasticsRaw MaterialsPolycarbonate is about 60-80% more expensive if you buy smaller pieces from McMaster / AndyMark / Menards / etc.www.copeplastics.com

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IR Sensor (NXT IRSeeker V2)15555HiTechnicSensorsFor teams that are excited about programming, and autonomous programming in particular. Need IR Beacon (field element) to use this sensor. Note - future games may or may not use IR beacons, but it has been common in the past. The IR seeker allows the robot to find a particular part of the field.http://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=NSK1042

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IR Beacon12727HiTechnicSensorsThis is a field element (not a robot part) that is required if teams want to do any testing and practice with an IR seeker. The IR sensor allows robots to locate a particular part of the field.http://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=FTCBCN

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Color Sensor V215555HiTechnicSensorsFor teams that are excited about programming, and autonomous programming in particular. Note: not guaranteed to have an application in every game, but past years have typically featured colored tape on the floor that a color sensor can detect. http://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=NCO1038

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EOPD sensor (optical distance sensor)15555HiTechnicSensorsFor teams that are excited about programming, and autonomous programming in particular. This sensor can probably be useful in any FTC game. It tells the robot how far the sensor is from the nearest wall, field element, or robot. It suffers less from environmental interference than the ultrasonic distance sensor included in the Mindstorms base set. http://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=NEO1048

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Sensor Multiplexer15858HiTechnicSensorsThis part is mainly for teams that want to really excel in autonomous programming. The NXT brick normally allows a maximum of three sensors; a multiplexer increases that total to six. It is not common for teams to use 4+ sensors BUT intelligently incorporating more sensor feedback into autonomous code is probably the best way to make it more effective and consistent.http://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=NSX2020

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3" Bench Vise - bolt to table12727Harbor FreightToolsBolts onto a table; if this is not feasiable, get one that clamps to a table (google "clamp on vise"). A $65 5" vise is nicer (more mass means the part stays still better), but a 3" or 4" is probably fine for FTC purposes. FYI, a little clamp-on vise is handy to bring to competitions.
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-inch-swivel-vise-7421.html

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18" Bending Brake14040Harbor FreightToolsFor bending custom parts from aluminum / plastic sheets. Very, very useful. After the initial investment of tools and materials, this saves money compared to buying Tetrix parts and cutting them up. This tool bolts to a tabletop; it is a small / cheap brake but will work for FTC.http://www.harborfreight.com/18-inch-bending-brake-39103.html

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Tabletop belt sander1100100Harbor FreightToolsSmooths the ends of parts cut with a hacksaw. FTC rules require that sharp edges be filed or sanded down. Any FTC team that makes custom parts will get a ton of use out of this tool. FYI, Harbor Freight has this for $70 in July 2012.http://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-x-36-inch-belt-6-inch-disc-sander-97181.html

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Cordless Drill18989Home DepotToolsBlack & Decker with 2x 18V battery. The extra battery is absolutely essential. This is a good value for an 18V drill with two batteries. Linn-Mar has used this drill for FTC and FRC for the last three years and has been happy.http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Power-Tools-Drills/BLACK-DECKER/h_d1/N-5yc1vZc27fZ2og/R-202671986/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051

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Allen wrench sets200.6713.4Lego FTC StoreToolsThis is the most commonly used tool in FTC. Have enough for every member of your team, plus enough to replace the ones that will inevitably get lost. Comes with the sizes needed for FTC. This is a very cheap and easy way to get lots of these. In addition to these, you will also want a couple sets of longer T-handled allens. http://parts.ftcrobots.com/

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Dremel rotary tool + accessories18080MenardsToolsNemo's opinion: get a plug-in Dremel; battery powered ones aren't as powerful and run out of juice quickly. Also buy extra sanding + cutting wheels. Those are the parts that get used the most, and they wear out / break quickly. This is an invaluable FTC tool. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=dremel&hl=en&prmd=imvnsr&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=923&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=3172790260904458901&sa=X&ei=sBgAUJBugpLZBda8sI0E&ved=0CGUQ8wIwAA

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Band Saw (prices vary)1500Sears, Lowes, etcToolsFor cutting polycarbonate and aluminum parts.
FYI, the ideal band saw for cutting thin pieces of aluminum would be a 500-1000 feet/min speed with 18-24 teeth per inch blade. Unfortunately, inexpensive band saws are made for wood with 2750 feet/min speed and coarser blades. Therefore, if a team has access to a band saw in a metal shop, that will be better suited to cutting aluminum. A saw like this will work okay for thin aluminum, but a team will want to install a finer blade and avoid cutting thick stuff. Variable speed band saws are quite expensive. Lowe's has a Porter Cable for $500 that can get down to 1600 ft/min; we have been very happy with that machine.
http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-1-3-hp-3.5-amp-10inch-band-saw/p-00921400000P?vName=Power+Tools+%26+Equipment&cName=Power+Tools&prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=L2

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Dark Soul Chain Tool13030www.team221.comToolsThis tool is much better than the chain tool offered on Lego. This can break chain like the $10 tool, but it can also **connect** chain pieces. That means no connecting links are required (they are the weak point of a chain and the pieces are easy to lose), and it also means that you can make use of two smaller pieces of chain to make the chain you want. Without this tool, you will find that students like to count wrong and make the chain one link too short, and eventually all of the chain is broken into short bits. Not a problem if you have this tool.http://www.team221.com/viewproduct.php?id=70

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Pliers set12020Tools

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Small pliers set12020Tools

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T-Handle Allen wrenches in FTC sizes - set22040ToolsAlso need 5/32" for field construction (1/2-20 button heads)

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5/16" wrenches (lego)428Tools

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5/16" ratcheting combination wrench2816Tools

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5/16" nut drivers248Tools

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Screw driver - small slotted224Tools

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Screw driver set11515Tools

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File set - small shapes11010Tools

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File - larger files11515Tools

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Hacksaw12020Tools

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Hacksaw blades pack11010Tools

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Utility knives21020Tools

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Utility knife blades - 100 pk12020Tools

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Tin Snips2510ToolsFor cutting sheet polycarb / sheet aluminum

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Safety Glasses205100ToolsGet ones that go over glasses plus other styles

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Digital Camera + spare battery + charger + case + memory card1300300ToolsA good camera can be had for $150-200. The extras listed are important for FTC since events last all day.

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Allen L key - 7/64"500.189McMaster-CarrToolsThis is the number one most used tool for Tetrix parts. They get lost easily, and no team member should ever have to waste time looking for one when they cost only $0.18. www.mcmaster.com/7122A17

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Allen T-Handle 7/64"51.959.75McMaster-CarrToolsLong version of 7/64" Allen tool with Tee handle. Allows you to get some torque on a bolt in certain types of tight spots on a robot.www.mcmaster.com/5419A32

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5/16" nut driver27.715.4McMaster-CarrTools5/16" is the hex size of the 6-32 nuts used for Tetrix. www.mcmaster.com/7292A16

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Power Strip with 15' cord11515MenardsToolsBuy at local Menards / Lowe's / Home Depot

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Allen L Key - 5/64"200.153McMaster-CarrToolsThis is the Allen wrench size for the set screws in Axle hubs and Motor hubs. Not as commonly used as 7/64", but still very important.www.mcmaster.com/7122A15

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Digital Multimeter12525MenardsToolsFancy multimeter not required. Use it to check the voltage of your batteries and troubleshoot electrical issues. Buy at local Menards / Lowe's / Home Depot

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Extra USB cable for NXT brick133NewEgg.comPartsUSB cables are cheap. This one is $3 with free shipping ($2 in orders of 15+). Avoid wasting $5+ buying a $2 cable. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119004

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