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September 2015

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August 2015

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Back to Do Battle
By Andrea Suarez
August 2015, Page 16
If you’re reading this magazine, you’ve probably spent hours watching BattleBots episodes full of mayhem and destruction.

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Building Better Bots: The Weak Link
By Russ Barrow
August 2015, Page 18
In building any robotic system, every part of the system must be tuned to provide the maximum possible reliability and performance.

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BUILD REPORT: The Build of Ash and Its First Event
By Jack Tweedy
August 2015, Page 20
Ash was intended initially to be an improved version of the UK Beetleweight, RPM, although somewhere through the design process, my friend (the infinitely better than myself, Harry Hills) suggested I go for a four wheel drive vertical spinner.

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EVENT REPORT: Freeside Robot Street Fight 2015
By Mike Jeffries
August 2015, Page 23
Afew years ago, the original Insect arena used for DragonCon Robot Micro Battles was retired and a new arena was built.

July 2015

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BattleBots is Back. Now What Do I Do?
By Kevin Berry
July 2015, Page 20
This article is meant to help ease you into the sport with some tips, clues, and warnings.

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Building Better Bots: The Power of the Watt Meter
By Russ Barrow
July 2015, Page 23
So, you’ve mastered the calipers (even if you can’t quite seem to keep it turned off), figured out how to use the voltage and continuity dials on the digital multimeter, and are pretty sure you have the scale figured out (except for that awkward triple beam balance thing).

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Small Bot Masters
By Brandon Davis
July 2015, Page 26
The places I fight bots have four weight classes: 30, 12, 3, and 1 pound. I am especially fond of the 1 lb.

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BUILD REPORT Renewing Old Iron
By Matthew Spurk
July 2015, Page 30
Ibuilt my first robot back in 2001. It was an Antweight (one pound) robot called 3-letter-word. After I finished the Ant, I decided to start on a simpler project and built my heavyweight (220 pound) robot named 4-letter-word.

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BUILD REPORT Battle Hardening the Inside of Your Bot
By Mike Jeffries
July 2015, Page 34
With robot combat, often the first things you’ll think about are the big parts — typically, the armor, weapon, and drive system.

June 2015

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Skill Building — Drive Better
By Mike Jeffries
June 2015, Page 19
Robot combat is a sport with extreme design diversity. You’ll see spinners, flippers, axes, crushers, pushers, and a range of other things constantly pushing the limits of what’s safe and what’s legal to run at an event.

May 2015

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Small Bot Masters — Dale Heatherington
By Brandon Davis
May 2015, Page 26
The pits at a DragonCon Robot Battles are full up with builder’s cruft and last-minute assembly frenzy.

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A Brave New World
By Brandon Young
May 2015, Page 29
This particular article chronicles my first leap into an all-custom competitive Beetleweight robot: El Destructo.

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Opinion: Why Combat Robots?
By Troy Mock
May 2015, Page 31
For a third of my life, I've been a competitor and champion in the world of combat robotics.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: FingerTech Robotics’ Viper Kit with Lifter Add-on
By Mike Jeffries
May 2015, Page 33
FingerTech Robotics has offered a "Viper" robot kit for quite a few years, but for a long time it was not really a great starter combat bot if you wanted something that would be competitive. It worked well enough, but without some extensive modifications it was difficult to turn it into a competitive combat robot.

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EVENT REPORT: Motorama 2015 — Ice, Snow, and Beetles ... Lots of Beetles
By Pete Smith
May 2015, Page 35
Winter was doing its best again to make life tougher on the East coast, but fortunately it did not have the same effect at Motorama (organized by NERC; http://www.nerc.us) as it had last year when only two-thirds of the competitors made it.

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The Influence of Combat Robot Kits
By Nate Franklin
May 2015, Page 16
If you go to any robot combat event, you are bound to see at least one robot that comes from a kit.

April 2015

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SPARC: Reigniting Robot Combat?
By Holden Berry
April 2015, Page 22
In April 2003, I was eight years old when I attended my first robot combat event as a driver.

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EVENT REPORT: masSACre Dethrones 15 Pound Powerhouse, OverLoad
By Richard Loehnig
April 2015, Page 25
The NTMA Training Centers Robotics League (TCRL) kicked off 2015 with a bang.

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Small Bot Masters — Mike Jeffries
By Brandon Davis
April 2015, Page 27
Imet Mike Jeffries in 2011. This new guy shows up at DragonCon with some serious hardware: a sweet 1 lb and a 12 lb that looked like it could stop a bullet.

March 2015

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A Veteran Builder Experiments with Brushless Drives
By Kevin Berry Hal Rucker
March 2015, Page 22
Hal Rucker has lots of experience building combat bots using brushed motors. Over his 13 years in the sport, he’s built two super heavyweights, two heavyweights, and two lightweights.

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EVENT REPORT: The Evolution of Slim Pickens
By Nate Franklin
March 2015, Page 25
In the February issue of SERVO Magazine, I talked about my first event and the creation of my first robot, Slim Pickens. This article will talk about how Slim Pickens has changed over the years, and what I’ve learned along the way.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: AndyMark 7075 Aluminum Sprockets
By Mike Jeffries
March 2015, Page 27
AndyMark (http://www.andymark.com) primarily focuses on providing components for the US FIRST Robotics Competition.

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Testing a Theory ...
By Pete Smith
March 2015, Page 29
It was just after Motorama 2014 that I bought a weapon disc that had been designed for use on the lethal 30 lb vertical spinner, Shaka.

February 2015

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The eBay Antweight Motor
By Jeff Gier
February 2015, Page 18
Gear motors from eBay are often appealing because of their price point, but lack a lot of detailed specifications.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Today’s Beetle
By Kevin Berry
February 2015, Page 20
Every few years, the Combat Zone surveys the builder community to help keep current with the state-of-the-art in destructive bot technology.

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EVENT REPORT: My First Event: A Personal Narrative
By Nate Franklin
February 2015, Page 21
Whenever I go to events, I love to chat with the other builders about their experiences.

January 2015

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BUILD REPORT: Nyx v2 Part 3: Weapons
By Mike Jeffries
January 2015, Page 28
With the base of the machine done and working as desired, it was time to start on the weapon modules.

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EVENT REPORT: Franklin Institute 2014
By Hugh Savoldelli
January 2015, Page 33
Coverage of the Franklin Institute 2014 event.

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BUILD REPORT: Slade
By Matthew Spurk
January 2015, Page 36
Slade - A 3D printed SL-anted bl-ADE robot.