Aaron Nielsen

Aaron's Articles

January 2018
Without access to a CNC mill or a 3D printer, could we really pull off a three pound pneumatic flipper bot in only three weeks?

Kinetic Combat Art: Building for Beauty
May 2017
Making a mini Beta (the 250 pound hammer robot built by Jon Reid, which appeared in season 2 of BattleBots) of my own.

C. B. Radio: Garage Door Parts in a Garage Bot
March 2017
Repurposing garage door gears to build a combat bot.

July 2014
It’s probably a sign someone has been doing this too long when — upon sifting through ye olde junk box and coming across two needle bearings, a shaft, a piece of mild steel, and a brushless motor — the only thing that comes to mind is combining the steel with the shaft, inserting it into the bearings, hooking up the brushless, and wondering what’s got the cat so worked up.

Mall of America Rotunda Rumble
August 2008
In the post-televised robotic combat era, it’s good to see the sport can still draw a standing room only crowd. Such was the case at the Rotunda Rumble held at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN, where there were at times four floors of spectators cheering for more.