SERVO Magazine - July 2013

SPECIAL FEATURE - Inside The Robot Combat League


Features

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The Brain Behind Robot Combat League
by Dan Danknick
Get some unique insight into the original series from Syfy from the man who created all the fighting robots. Page 44

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Mead Gets the AXE
by Chris Olin
Ross Mead from Team AXE gives his perspective on the groundbreaking competition/TV series that aired recently. Page 46

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Robot Combat League as Seen Through the Eyes of a Contestant
by Dave Shinsel
As a member of the winning Team Crash, Dave weaves a wonderful tale of his and his daughter, Amber’s life-changing experience on the show. Page 50

Projects

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BarBot 2013 Serves Up Some Intoxicating Entries

by Steven Nelson

Building a beverage-serving bot takes a fair amount of time and money. Learn how some of the entries came up with their creations for this popular annual event. Page 58

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3D Printers Part 3: Software and Configuration

by Michael Simpson

See what it took to get from a ready-for-action printer to a first print. Page 68

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
• Touchy-Feely for Less • Prototype Power Line Inspector • The Future of Clothes Shopping? • Chewing Up the Mint? Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Giant Robot Jellyfish
“Cyro” mimicks its real life counterpart’s ocomotive capabilities to make it useful in both research of thesea itself and ocean-based surveillance. Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Working out interfacing issues with servos other than the Robotis Dynamixel AX12s. Page 14

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robots to Serve Man
Robots can serve humankind in many positive ways. Page 76

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: The Quest for a Dif ferent Kind of Flipper: Making the Machine
in Combat Zone: Features
This month, I will discuss the fabrication of some of the parts that made up the flipper assembly in Threecoil. Page 30

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Then and Now: A Decade Later With Jim Smentowski
in Combat Zone: Robot Profile
Jim Smentowski is the builder of one of the legendary bots in our sport: Nightmare. Page 33

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EVENT REPORT: RoboGames 2013
in Combat Zone: Events
RoboGames — the largest robotic event in the world (according to Guinness World Records!) — returned to the San Mateo, CA Exposition Center April 19th through 21st. Page 35

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PRODUCT REVIEW: HobbyKing HK4B6 Charger
in Combat Zone: Features
It is convenient to have all four batteries on one charger, and it takes up less space in the pits. It’s also a little cheaper than having four separate chargers, but it could also mean that if it fails you may lose all four at once. Page 39

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RESOURCE REVIEW: MFG.com
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 40