Dragon Con Robot Battles and Robot Micro Battles 2015
The action for 2015 started with a special exhibition match between Trey Roski and Greg Munson, the founders of BattleBots.
PARTS IS PARTS: Common Drive System Configurations
Over the years, a wide range of drive system configurations have been attempted; some with a great deal more success than others.
PARTS IS PARTS: Product Beta Test: RageBridge 2 from Equals Zero Designs
After a very successful first generation, the RageBridge ESC (electronic speed controller) was redesigned to take advantage of some of the knowledge that stemmed from the first generation, in addition to the integration of some very useful features.
BUILD REPORT Battle Hardening the Inside of Your Bot
With robot combat, often the first things you’ll think about are the big parts — typically, the armor, weapon, and drive system.
PRODUCT REVIEW: FingerTech Robotics’ Viper Kit with Lifter Add-on
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.
PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: AndyMark 7075 Aluminum Sprockets
AndyMark (http://www.andymark.com) primarily focuses on providing components for the US FIRST Robotics Competition.
BUILD REPORT: Spanky Part 2: Modular Weapon Systems
With the drive platform done and almost eight pounds to spare, there was a lot of room for the weapon systems.
BUILD REPORT: Spanky Part 1: A Combat Robot Platform
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.
PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: FingerTech Robotics tinyMixer
FingerTech Robotics has recently developed and produced a new channel mixer for use on robots in all weight classes.
BUILDER’S TIPS: You Can’t Take It With You: What Tools To Bring
I won't be talking about tools that are particularly specialized. If your machine needs any specific equipment for basic maintenance and repairs, those take priority. The following sections will cover tools that are almost universally useful in the pits during an event.
RESOURCE REVIEW: MFG.com
What MFG.com does is provide a location for users to post quote requests for custom fabrication. Once you've posted a quote request, shops from your specified search region (US, North America, Global, or specific national and international locations) will then be able to see your quote request and bid on it.
PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: FingerTech Robotics Power Switch
For as long as I can remember, there hasn’t been a power switch designed for the 150 g to 3 lb combat robot classes that is readily available.
PARTS IS PARTS: Prototype Testing: FingerTech Robotics Mini-Spark
In the 150 g weight class, there are only a few options for drive systems.
PARTS IS PARTS: Product Beta Test: RageBridge from Equals Zero Designs
Iwas lucky enough to get a chance recently to test the new RageBridge dual channel brushed DC motor controller from Equals Zero Designs (e0designs.com).
BUILD REPORT: Algos: Who Needs MOI When You’ve Got Angular Velocity?
After competing for a year with a two-wheel drive wedge named Kobalos, I decided to retire that robot and move on to something with an active weapon.
BUILD REPORT: Testing the Prototype: Klazo — My 1 lb Drumbot From Kitbots.com
Irecently built and tested one of the prototype 1 lb drumbot kits from Kitbots.com as part of the development process, prior to the kit moving to production.
BUILD REPORT: Nyx, Sportsman, and Dragon*Con 30 lb Bot — Part 2
With a fresh pile of parts and Motorama just over a month away, I got a quick jump on assembling Nyx.
BUILD REPORT: Nyx, Sportsman, and Dragon*Con 30 lb Bot — Part 1
During the summer, I built a second Antweight for my teammate to drive, and we took all but Moros, my 30 lb bar spinner, to Dragon*Con Robot Battles.
MANUFACTURING: Shop Review: Westar Mfg. – The Team Whyachi Bot Shop
I often get asked where I get my machining done, and unless I’ve done it myself, my answer is always teamwhyachi.com.
PARTS IS PARTS: HobbyKing R610 and R410 2.4 GHz Receivers
Ifound out recently that there are very few DSM2 receivers with programmable failsafes available when I decided to replace the Spektrum BR6000 receivers I had been using with a DSM2.
BUILD REPORT: Moros — A 30 lb Angled Bar Spinner
Moros is the third generation of my angled bar spinners. Ruiner was the original, and was built for RoboGames 2006 where it finished with a 1-2 record after having the antenna removed in the second match, which resulted in a forfeit in the third match.
Even More Things to Consider When Building a Fighting Robot
In previous issues of SERVO, I’ve talked about weapon and drive systems in robot combat. There are a lot of important things to consider that don’t fit under either of those umbrellas but still merit consideration when building your bot.