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July 2015

Servo Magazine

BATTLEBOTS - Are Back!

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Features

CNC Part Creation Workflow

The process of part design is covered this month.


BattleBots is Back, Baby!

The classic fighting robot tournament is back on the air waves, and is bigger and better than ever!


The Robots of Maker Faire

After 10 years, this annual event continues to showcase some very cool automatons.


Analog Servos for Robotics

In some ways, analog servos are the “unsophisticated brutes” of the robotics world.Thoroughly understanding their strengths and limitations can help you identify which things are better handled in hardware vs. software.



Projects

Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer

In this second installment, we’ll get back to the basics of animatronics discussing things like vocabulary, tools and materials, resources, and the physical construction process.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (07.2015)
Germbot Senses Humidity • Brickbot: Fast but Pricey • Thumbs Up! • Slip-On Robotic Feet

GeerHead
by David Geer
The TigerBot Evolution Continues
See where the design, testing, and construction of RIT’s TigerBot V have evolved to now.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
The Robot Hut
When it comes to robot collec tions, this unique museum is absolutely out of this world.




Combat Zone

BattleBots is Back. Now What Do I Do?

in The Combat Zone

This article is meant to help ease you into the sport with some tips, clues, and warnings.


Building Better Bots: The Power of the Watt Meter

in The Combat Zone

So, you’ve mastered the calipers (even if you can’t quite seem to keep it turned off), figured out how to use the voltage and continuity dials on the digital multimeter, and are pretty sure you have the scale figured out (except for that awkward triple beam balance thing).


Small Bot Masters

in The Combat Zone

The places I fight bots have four weight classes: 30, 12, 3, and 1 pound. I am especially fond of the 1 lb.


BUILD REPORT Renewing Old Iron

in The Combat Zone

Ibuilt my first robot back in 2001. It was an Antweight (one pound) robot called 3-letter-word. After I finished the Ant, I decided to start on a simpler project and built my heavyweight (220 pound) robot named 4-letter-word.


BUILD REPORT Battle Hardening the Inside of Your Bot

in The Combat Zone

With robot combat, often the first things you’ll think about are the big parts — typically, the armor, weapon, and drive system.