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Everyone has seen them on T.V. fighting to the death in a gladiator style arena, yet many don’t know what it takes to build one. RoboJackets BattleBots team solves the problem of building a robot robust enough to take multiple beatings, but strong enough to deliver the beatings to other robots. The task is to build a robot to fight in an arena one-on-one with another robot of the same weight class. We use mostly mechanical skills with a minor degree of electrical skills in our designs, and we manufacture almost every part of our robots. We have built robots in the 120 lb, 60 lb, and 3 lb weight classes, and in the upcoming year plan to build a 30 lb bot.
The competition consists of fights between robots in the same weight class. Competition rules place certain limits on weapon design and robot weight, for a fair contest and for the safety of the observers. For instance, entanglement weapons such as ropes or nets are prohibited along with invisible weapons such as electrical interference. This focuses the robot design on aggressive weapons designed to break apart or incapacitate the other robot, and the only limit on this type of weapon is that it is well engineered so as to not harm the people around it. The presence of these aggressive weapons forces the robots to be designed to withstand large shock loads, both mechanically and electrically. The challenge of the BattleBots team is unique in that a balance needs to be reached between defensive and offensive abilities, all while ensuring that the robot is very robust in all aspects. Even a single wire or bolt coming loose will cause defeat in an intense fight!
Thursday – Carpool at 6:15 PM, Love loading dock
Friday – Carpool at 6:15 PM, Love loading dock
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- Max Carlson – Project Leader
- End of September: BOM for all robots is complete
- October: parts order placed, machining begins
- October: Beetleweight arena is ready for use
- November: all robots in driving condition
- December: all robots in fighting condition
- January 2014: driving practice for all robots prior to competition
- February 2014: competition