Combat Zone: Combat Zone: Features

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TIPS FROM THE PITS: Getting Connected
By Pete Smith
August 2013, Page 33
The “magic smoke” from burned out motors and electronic speed controllers (ESCs) is inevitable in combat robotics, and getting those parts replaced quickly can make the difference between working your way through the brackets to the finals and an ignominious forfeit and early exit.

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Robot Combat Event Safety Primer
By Kevin Berry
May 2006, Page 44
Rule #1 — Don’t do anything stupid or dangerous.

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Computer Control and Data Acquisition: Part 1
By David A. Ward
March 2009, Page 46
An Introduction to National Instruments LabVIEW Software.

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Today’s Beetle – Tomorrow’s Champion?
July 2009, Page 24
Choosing the “value” options lowers the cost quite a bit, with the Value Beetle costing about half the Ultimate.

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Top Tips for Taps
By Nick Martin
May 2009, Page 22
In this two part series, you will learn all the theory and practical tips you need to cut perfect threads and make stronger parts for frames, weapons, and general winningness!

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Cheap Power
By John Frizell
May 2009, Page 26
Power packs can be expensive, but if you build your robot from cordless drills you have two battery packs complete with chargers left over. Use them to power your bot.

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The Intro Ant
By Kevin Berry
June 2009, Page 22
Thanks to Travis Schmidt, Dan Wiseman, Donald Sung, and Dennis Beck who provided information for this article.

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RioBotz Combot Tutorial
By Kevin Berry
June 2009, Page 25
SERVO Magazine, as a service to the building community, is summarizing the tutorial in a series of articles beginning with part of Chapter 2, “Design Fundamentals.”

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Banebots P60 1:16 Gearbox Review
By Nick Martin
June 2009, Page 27
My P60 gearboxes have arrived and so far, they look very promising. The overall machining quality is vastly improved when compared to the Chinese produced versions.

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A Color To Dye For
By Pete Smith
July 2009, Page 27
UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) polyethylene is an increasingly popular plastic for use in robotics in general, and combat robotics in particular.