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April 2014

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BUILD REPORT: Spanky Part 1: A Combat Robot Platform
By Mike Jeffries
April 2014, Page 28
Spanky is the newest robotic member of Near Chaos Robotics. Spanky was designed with two events in mind: DragonCon Robot Battles — an open platform Sumo style event; and the Sportsman class at Motorama — an event with a full arena.

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Pushing Power: How Strong is Strong Enough?
By Kevin Berry
April 2014, Page 31
This month, we address the other variable: torque. In terms of robot combat, torque is our fancy word for pushing power.

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BUILDING TIPS: Balancing a Weapon Bar
By Ray Billings
April 2014, Page 33
I frequently get asked about balancing weapon bars, and figured a simple guide might be helpful.

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BUILD REPORT: New Builders, Beware!
By Andrea Suarez
April 2014, Page 35
Here are some tips to avoid some common pitfalls at your first competition.

March 2014

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BUILD REPORT: Isotelus Rex — Part 3
By Pete Smith
March 2014, Page 28
In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I showed how I designed my new 12 lb combat robot, and then revised the design so that it would meet the weight restrictions.

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Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew Part 2: Designing an Asymmetric Weapon
By Andrea Suarez
March 2014, Page 32
Last month, we discussed the design and performance compromises that accompany the use of an asymmetric weapon. If you decide that this design is right for your robot, the next step is to start concocting your weapon.

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Old School Lathes
By James Baker
March 2014, Page 35
This is not your typical product review. I’m not going to tell you about a brand new product, a cutting edge piece of technology, or a product that will revolutionize the way we all work. I’m not even reviewing a single product. Instead, I am going to look at the subject of old lathes and why you should buy one.

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2014 STEM Tech Olympiad
By Andrea Suarez
March 2014, Page 37
We are thrilled to announce the 2014 STEM Tech Olympiad! The event will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Florida on May 4-6.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Making Tracks
By Pete Smith
March 2014, Page 38
Pololu produces an interesting set of components that allow you to have caterpillar type tracks on your small 250 g to 1 lb combat bots.

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EVENT REPORT: Thunderdome
By Andrea Suarez
March 2014, Page 40
Thunderdome is a new event to South Florida aiming to give builders a venue to compete multiple times a year. Spectators can learn from competitors and come back with a robot of their own.

February 2014

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January 2014

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BUILD REPORT: Isotelus Rex — Part 1
By Pete Smith
January 2014, Page 30
Aweight class in combat robotics can be dominated — often for years — by one particular bot.

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: FingerTech Robotics tinyMixer
By Mike Jeffries
January 2014, Page 34
FingerTech Robotics has recently developed and produced a new channel mixer for use on robots in all weight classes.

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EVENT REPORT: The Adventures of Scary and Angry Bot
By Matthew Spurk
January 2014, Page 35
Last month, I did a brief report about how my two sons and I built their first "real" combat robots — "Angry Bot" and "Scary." This month, I want to discuss how they did in their matches. You may be a bit surprised by the result.

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EVENT REPORT: Franklin 2013 — Fall Fun in Philly
By Pete Smith
January 2014, Page 39
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (www2.fi.edu) hosted its 7th annual robotic combat event on September 21, 2013. The Institute provides the venue arena and N.E.R.C. (www.nerc.us) organizes the event.

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THEN AND NOW: A Decade Later with Alexander Rose
By Kevin Berry
January 2014, Page 44
This is the next installment in our series of articles about famous figures from a decade ago. 2002 ended the popular Comedy Central series, BattleBots™.