Matthew Spurk


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EVENT REPORT: The Adventures of Scary and Angry Bot
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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Building Builders
December 2013, Page 31
This article is a mini build report from my perspective of getting the bots and boys ready for their first event with their own "real" combots at Battle at Maker Faire, which took place on October 5th at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire.

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MANUFACTURING: The Roboticist’s Guide to Plastic
July 2011, Page 28
Plastic has become an integral part of our society. It holds our food, is found in our automobiles, and is even on and in our bodies. It also makes a great building material for robotics.

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MANUFACTURING: Calculating Bolt Torques
December 2010, Page 29
Sparks fly as the two robots smash into each other again. Sweat drips down your forehead as you prepare for another charge across the arena.

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How Not to Die. I Mean, Build a Test Box
April 2010, Page 33
You’ve just finished putting the finishing touches on your new insect class combat robot. You’ve spent the last three hours tirelessly wiring, soldering, grinding, tapping, cutting, and wrenching on your bot.