FIRST Tech Challenge Field Perimeter Kit

am-0481a

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This is the official Field Perimeter Kit for the FIRST Tech Challenge. This field may be referenced as am-0481 in your Field Build Guide. These part numbers represent the same field kit. It is reus...Read More

Product Overview

This is the official Field Perimeter Kit for the FIRST Tech Challenge. This field may be referenced as am-0481 in your Field Build Guide. These part numbers represent the same field kit. It is reusable from year to year and does not include the game-specific hardware or game pieces. The field is comprised of 12 polycarbonate and powder coated aluminum panels that create a 11 ft. 9 in. x 11 ft. 9 in. square enclosure. Each side wall consists of 3 panels, connected by aluminum panel links. Soft Tiles (sold separately) create the playing surface while adjustable straps placed under this playing surface help keep the walls steady while taking abuse. Hinged corners and hitch pins make for easy setup that requires no tools. Panels are assembled using a mechanical interference fit. An extrusion design includes a built in wire way to neatly run wires around the field as needed. Field weight and assembly time has been significantly reduced from previous versions.

Optional Sizes:
Middle panels are optional, which will allow you to create a 12 ft. x 8 ft. field or an 8 ft. x 8 ft. field if desired.
Field Assembly:
Assembly Instructions (.pdf) - (*Update 8/16/16 - New Longer Rail links have lowered the number of Hitch Pins needed)
Shipping:
This field will ship in two 8 in. x 14 in. x 52 in. boxes, each 40 Lbs.
Field Flooring / Soft Tiles:
You may want to outfit your field with soft tiles. These are not included with the field perimeter kit, and are available as a Full Field Set of Soft Tiles (am-2499-36) or as individual Soft Tiles (am-2499) 
Carrying Bags:
This field perimeter can be packaged into two handy carrying bags (am-2313a), and the softtiles can be stored in their associated bags, which are available as optional purchases (not included with the perimeter field).
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Specifications

  • Product Lifecycle: replaced by <a href="https://www.andymark.com/products/first-tech-challenge-perimeter-kit-b">am-0481b</a>

Recommendations

51 reviews

  1. star star empty_star empty_star empty_star 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Workmanship

    The hinged corners panels don't line up when folded - indicating the hinges aren't installed in parallel We had to request 4 replacement links as the holes were drilled so poorly they did not line up with the holes in the panels. offset in both the x and y axis. That shipment arrived with 1 replacement, resulting in a 2nd back-and-forth communication with customer service to have that mistake addressed as well. I am not impressed with the quality of construction/workmanship given the price. On the positive site - customer service did address the issue and gave us a discount on another purchase. (AndyMark response: Thank you for this feedback. We do check each field perimeter for quality as we assemble and pack. We will persist to check our processes and quality as we create these field perimeters. Sorry that we did not make these checks for your field perimeter.)

    Verified Purchaser

  2. star star star star empty_star 4.0 out of 5 stars

    FTC fields of play

    I had no problems with purchasing 2 FTC fields of play other than the field perimeter carry bags were not in stock. But I did get an email when they were back in inventory. So all is good there. But I did see that FTC field of play kits are now available which include some tools and tape at a $75 saving. It would have been good to have those just a bit earlier (like 3 weeks) to take advantage of the deal. I also wish there was a way for AndyMark to provide some sort of discount (like free shipping and/or maybe 5-10% off) for the FTC affiliate partners.

  3. star star star star empty_star 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "FTC fields of play"

    "I had no problems with purchasing 2 FTC fields of play other than the field perimeter carry bags were not in stock. But I did get an email when they were back in inventory. So all is good there. But I did see that FTC field of play kits are now available which include some tools and tape at a $75 saving. It would have been good to have those just a bit earlier (like 3 weeks) to take advantage of the deal. I also wish there was a way for AndyMark to provide some sort of discount (like free shipping and/or maybe 5-10% off) for the FTC affiliate partners."

  4. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Field Kit

    The field is light weight, which is good because our space is limited.

  5. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Review

    5 Stars

  6. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great service

    Great place to do business. Prompt service.

  7. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Field Kit"

    "I thought AM made a mistake with the quality of the field kit. I contacted the Cust. Service and with her suggestions realized it was my mistake. I did not remove the invisible film. AM was not defensive, nor did they treat me like an idiot, she was very courteous. They made me feel like I was the most important account they had. Thank you."

  8. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps Orcs Out & Elves In

    The perimeter was very well packed. The directions were easy to read for assemble. There was one corner angle that was slightly bent but I was never able to tell if it was bent in shipping or by the 7th graders who assembled the field.

  9. star star star empty_star empty_star 3.0 out of 5 stars

    a little difficult is a little

    The perimeter is a bit of a pain to put together. It could be designed to go together much smoother.

  10. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As Expected!

    Great official Product

  11. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Review

    5 Stars

  12. star star star star empty_star 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "Field Kit"

    "Overall the field kit is easy to assemble. There were a few rails that came bent which could not accommodate the bar inserts to hold the walls together. It could be designed better if the walls folded into a trifold and then attached in the corner with just a single longer pin."

  13. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice set to have

    Other than some corners that must have gotten bent during shipping (making insertion of alignment bars difficult), the product seems very nice. Sturdy, but not too heavy and corner hinges seem heavy duty.

  14. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Review

    This was easy to put together and is easy to move. We are excited to have it!

  15. star star star empty_star empty_star 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Haven't received it yet

    3 Stars

  16. star star star empty_star empty_star 3.0 out of 5 stars

    "Haven't received it yet"

    "3 stars"

  17. star empty_star empty_star empty_star empty_star 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "Backordered"

    "Surprised that this is backordered at the beginning of the season. Still waiting for delivery. May be able to rate it higher once it's received. (AndyMark response: Sorry for this delay. We are catching up with manufacturing of this product now, and plan to have all shipped by 10/18.)"

  18. star star empty_star empty_star empty_star 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Perimeter kit

    The perimeter kit I receive arrived with lots of dents and dings on it. I had to bend a few pieces back to make them straight. Holes were difficult to line up as a result. I think the pin construction is an improvement though over screws. (AndyMark response: We will contact you about this. It sounds like you may need some new pieces. These may have been damaged during shipping.)

  19. star star empty_star empty_star empty_star 2.0 out of 5 stars

    "Perimeter kit"

    "The perimeter kit I receive arrived with lots of dents and dings on it. I had to bend a few pieces back to make them straight. Holes were difficult to line up as a result. I think the pin construction is an improvement though over screws. (AndyMark response: We will contact you about this. It sounds like you may need some new pieces. These may have been damaged during shipping.)"

  20. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perimeter

    Looks good pretty easy to set up

  21. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FTC Field Perimeter

    Field kit was easy to out together. Our middle school FTC students put it together without any help from our mentors. Nice and sturdy perimeter. A lot better than our homemade one. Definitely worth the investment.

  22. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Field Perimeter Kit

    Thank you for getting our kit to us in great condition. It was easy to assembly and customer service was also great. The field was back ordered and the folks in customer service were prompt in responding when I emailed them about the status. Thank you!

  23. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Field Perimeter Kit"

    "Thank you for getting our kit to us in great condition. It was easy to assembly and customer service was also great. The field was back ordered and the folks in customer service were prompt in responding when I emailed them about the status. Thank you!"

  24. star star star star empty_star 4.0 out of 5 stars

    FTC Field

    I the availability of the FTC field was a wonderful surprise. Was great full that we were able to order it and have it shipped out in such a quick time frame.

  25. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "FTC Field"

    "This was our first FTC purchase for a startup robotics program. The AndyMark website is easy to understand and the field we received is of better quality than expected. We ordered at the very end of the 2014-15 season, and received our packages within 3 days of ordering."

  26. star star star empty_star empty_star 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Perimeter Field Kit.

    The directions to assemble it were quite minimal! I’m still not sure we have it put together correctly. However, the ease of ordering was great! They take PO's.!!!! Their customer service rep was really nice and very helpful. This was my first time to actually place the order - it couldn't have been easier! Thank you for taking P.O's :)

  27. star star star empty_star empty_star 3.0 out of 5 stars

    "Perimeter Field Kit."

    "The directions to assemble it were quite minimal! I’m still not sure we have it put together correctly. However, the ease of ordering was great! They take PO's.!!!! Their customer service rep was really nice and very helpful. This was my first time to actually place the order - it couldn't have been easier! Thank you for taking P.O's :)"

  28. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perimeter Field

    Original delivery had a couple of missing pieces. Sales representative was very helpful and I had missing pieces in a couple of days.

  29. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Review

    5 Stars

  30. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Review"

    "5 stars"

  31. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perimeter Field Kit (am-0481a)

    Great service

  32. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Our field rocks

    We bought a field for general outreach in the Minneapolis area. Evan Hochstein from FIRST helped us put it in, and noticed some parts missing and 2 bent in the mail. Danny sent us everything to finish off our field within the week. Thanks Danny!

  33. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Our field rocks"

    "We bought a field for general outreach in the Minneapolis area. Evan Hochstein from FIRST helped us put it in, and noticed some parts missing and 2 bent in the mail. Danny sent us everything to finish off our field within the week. Thanks Danny!"

  34. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Field kit

    Thank you for working out sending a field kit to two different schools, but allowing one bill. That helped our system of accounting. Your willingness to work this out was most helpful.

  35. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FTC Robotics

    Right on time

  36. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Light and Easy

    Very lite construction, easy to setup and tear down.

  37. star star empty_star empty_star empty_star 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Machined parts and instruction guide poor.

    Instructions for the field regarding the belts was unclear - do these go over the tiles or under the tiles. If they go under, we don't know how the tiles will fit, if they go over, then it interferes with the game. Confused. Might be a good idea to give instructions for field perimeter and soft tiles together. The product machining is poor. Many of the field perimeter sections had bent ends. We had to straighten out all the metal parts before we could even attempt putting them together. The metal pieces that slide between two perimeter panels were difficult to slide in 50% of them. Two of them did not line up with the holes correctly no matter which way we put. Finally had to drill two additional holes.

  38. star star empty_star empty_star empty_star 2.0 out of 5 stars

    "Bad Machined parts and instruction guide poor."

    "Instructions for the field regarding the belts was unclear - do these go over the tiles or under the tiles. If they go under, we don't know how the tiles will fit, if they go over, then it interferes with the game. Confused. Might be a good idea to give instructions for field perimeter and soft tiles together. The product machining is poor. Many of the field perimeter sections had bent ends. We had to straighten out all the metal parts before we could even attempt putting them together. The metal pieces that slide between two perimeter panels were difficult to slide in 50% of them. Two of them did not line up with the holes correctly no matter which way we put. Finally had to drill two additional holes."

  39. star star star star empty_star 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "Field Kit"

    "The it arrived with several bent pieces, mostly the insert tabs which could be straightened. Other that that is was a comfortable experience. Does this kit come with corner pieces. From a construction guys point of view the corners of this kit look dangerous. Thanks."

  40. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Review"

    "5 stars"

  41. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Great company! Fast Shipping!"

    "I have been using Andy Mark for the past 3 years for our FTC team. They always send the product on time and in a promptly manner."

  42. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perimter Field Kit

    Excellent customer service!!!

  43. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FTC Perimeter Fiel Kit (am-0481a)

    5 Stars

  44. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "FTC Perimeter Fiel Kit (am-0481a)"

    "5 stars"

  45. star star star empty_star empty_star 3.0 out of 5 stars

    TRADE OFF - STURDY VS. EASY

    The new perimeter is light weight and easy to assemble. I even found a wheeled cart in which to store it and schlep it around which makes it pretty darn attractive. Unfortunately there are some trade-offs. The rails bend easily preventing you from inserting the shaft that holds the two sections together. Thus it is not tool-free. You have to keep such things as pliers and a hammer handy to adjust the rail opening. Also, with just one fairly gentle use the acrylic sides have already cracked. Right now, I like easy over sturdy just because I (a little old lady) can set it up by myself. If I find after one tournament, I have to replace all the acrylic, I may rethink it.

  46. star star star empty_star empty_star 3.0 out of 5 stars

    "TRADE OFF - STURDY VS. EASY"

    "The new perimeter is light weight and easy to assemble. I even found a wheeled cart in which to store it and schlep it around which makes it pretty darn attractive. Unfortunately there are some trade-offs. The rails bend easily preventing you from inserting the shaft that holds the two sections together. Thus it is not tool-free. You have to keep such things as pliers and a hammer handy to adjust the rail opening. Also, with just one fairly gentle use the acrylic sides have already cracked. Right now, I like easy over sturdy just because I (a little old lady) can set it up by myself. If I find after one tournament, I have to replace all the acrylic, I may rethink it."

  47. star star star star empty_star 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "Field Kit"

    "The it arrived with several bent pieces, mostly the insert tabs which could be straightened. Other that that is was a comfortable experience. Does this kit come with corner pieces. From a construction guys point of view the corners of this kit look dangerous. Thanks."

  48. star star star star empty_star 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "Field Kit"

    "Overall the field kit is easy to assemble. There were a few rails that came bent which could not accommodate the bar inserts to hold the walls together. It could be designed better if the walls folded into a trifold and then attached in the corner with just a single longer pin."

  49. star empty_star empty_star empty_star empty_star 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "Backordered"

    "Surprised that this is backordered at the beginning of the season. Still waiting for delivery. May be able to rate it higher once it's received. (AndyMark response: Sorry for this delay. We are catching up with manufacturing of this product now, and plan to have all shipped by 10/18.)"

  50. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "FTC Field"

    "This was our first FTC purchase for a startup robotics program. The AndyMark website is easy to understand and the field we received is of better quality than expected. We ordered at the very end of the 2014-15 season, and received our packages within 3 days of ordering."

  51. star star star star star 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Field Kit"

    "I thought AM made a mistake with the quality of the field kit. I contacted the Cust. Service and with her suggestions realized it was my mistake. I did not remove the invisible film. AM was not defensive, nor did they treat me like an idiot, she was very courteous. They made me feel like I was the most important account they had. Thank you."

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