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  • shakesc's Avatar
    Today, 12:37
    true , we did change the firmware but as an extension of that there was lots of VESC tuning which is about the same level of black art as melty brain :) Carbide team did what I would of done in...
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  • overkill's Avatar
    Today, 07:02
    And if mods were not allowed, then Nuts would have been disqualified for having a meltybrain firmware upgrade :p. I'm with Mario & the others, its all allowed as long as the weight limit is not...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • maddox10's Avatar
    Today, 05:36
    If the machine stays in weight, anything is allowed as long the basics of the machine don't change. Because, if you go to far the other way, even a welding bead on the armor could be seen as a...
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  • Ed Deegan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:31
    Looks like I'm on my own here. Still seems wrong to me but I do see how the weight limit successfully stops most modifications getting out hand. I'll modify myself into the idea!
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:24
    Ocracoke replied to a thread Team Kaizen - Shu! in Build Diaries
    Haha, sometimes they are magical to me as well :D I repositioned the motor further back onto the plate and it was a bit better, it managed to flip the cookie pack once but when the weight was...
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  • daveimi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:20
    daveimi replied to a thread Team Kaizen - Shu! in Build Diaries
    Your robots are magical to me lol
    25 replies | 2790 view(s)
  • RogueTwoRobots's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:48
    Nothing wrong with tacking extra bits of armour on from scrap material, so long as the robot remains in weight. Rapid borrowed a sheet of HDPE from us to bolt onto the top of their robot for fighting...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Maxamuslead's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:17
    To be honest flails are a uncommon and Nuts 2 got lucky (not taking it away from them loved watching them beat carbide). Really hope Nuts 3 goes "pro" and becomes a really powerful flail spinner as...
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  • Ed Deegan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:55
    Good point Mark regarding the wheel guards on Concussion . But I would put bet that most bouts go in favour of the modified robot than the non modified. Interchangeable weapons to are fine...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Andy1979's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:44
    Its no different than robots ive seen with extra armour bolted on
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:12
    Ocracoke replied to a thread Project Squirrel in Featherweights
    Ah, I see. I use a Dremel 3000 that came with the EZ Speedclic adaptor on it, only burnt through one metal cutting disc so far and a couple of grinding bands things. If the discs were brown, then...
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  • Outlaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:59
    Outlaw replied to a thread Project Squirrel in Featherweights
    I was using Workzone "cutting" discs... though I highly doubt they were, and I'm more than likely thinking they're sanding discs... well I'm a bit of an idiot. Either way, I still need better...
    110 replies | 14846 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:17
    Been focusing on Shu! over the last couple of weeks but found a bit of time this morning with the Dremel to clean up the side panels, which now look vaguely respectful again. Shrekt managed to put a...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:08
    Ocracoke replied to a thread Project Squirrel in Featherweights
    What sort of discs are you using? I use the EZ speedclic discs and am able to cut through 10mm HDPE with a metal cutting disc with little issue.
    110 replies | 14846 view(s)
  • Outlaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:55
    Outlaw replied to a thread Project Squirrel in Featherweights
    Well that was ever so slightly short lived... The dremel discs that I was using just decided to up and shatter when I got to a point in the plastic... well, time to look for some new dremel...
    110 replies | 14846 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:53
    I did wonder about that. Either the addition (in the event that Carbide weighs exactly 110kg) meant they were forced to use the lighter bar or that 110kg figure is rounded up (note that in the...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Maxamuslead's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:50
    It is quoted as 110kg but IIRC they have 2 bars one of which is heavier and removable Plastic top Armour to shield against axes. Plus do they weigh each bot before each match or is just a one time...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:42
    Looking at the RW ruleset, the rules for interchangeability only refers really to weapons (there is a very vague statement about armour as well in rule 2.6... ...(aside from the fact that in...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Maxamuslead's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:39
    Depends of the what the rules say and the judges say and if the opponent rises a complaint for example Tornado VS Hypno Disc. In that case Team Hypnodisc said that the interchangeable weapon...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Shooty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:42
    Modifying your robot during a competition has become one of the staples of modern robot combat, and disallowing the practice is next to impossible on account of being able to distinguish between a...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Ed Deegan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:17
    In the last episode of BBC Robot Wars Nuts 2 knocked out Carbides spinner chain and won the fight. Then when they fought again later in the show. The carbide team was allowed to modify their robot...
    13 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    11th December 2017, 22:33
    Cool, I'll see about booking the cafe for early March time (3rd of March - 1st Saturday) for around 18:00ish time for a couple of hours. I'll update this thread if we are able to go ahead - should...
    3 replies | 113 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    11th December 2017, 21:53
    Ocracoke replied to a thread Team Kaizen - Shu! in Build Diaries
    Today was about fabricating the lifting arm, which marks another tick in the stuff that needs to be done list before Feburary. After a session with the Dremel and a sheet of PVC... It still...
    25 replies | 2790 view(s)
  • Outlaw's Avatar
    10th December 2017, 23:02
    Outlaw replied to a thread Project Squirrel in Featherweights
    So tomorrow... I crack the dremel out, and start work on cutting pieces out of the axe mechanism so not only would it be a little narrower, so that it'd fit in the middle, but also to try and get the...
    110 replies | 14846 view(s)
  • Mongo's Avatar
    10th December 2017, 12:11
    Thanks Rory, you have been very helpful to a newbie
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • R9000's Avatar
    10th December 2017, 06:37
    I think they were 10k, but it doesn't matter hugely as long as they're decently high. It's just a doubled-up version of the board in this: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Button
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • Mongo's Avatar
    10th December 2017, 00:42
    Thank you, what resistors did you use ?
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • R9000's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 21:27
    Sure, sorry it's a bit cryptic but it's really nothing too complicated. All that little home-made board is for, is to attach two push-to-break switches to the arduino (blue board). The resistors just...
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • Mongo's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 16:26
    Great video, I don't really understand the circuitry that you made though, if you are willing to explain a bit I would appreciate it.
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • callumhoy's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 15:19
    Completely ignore my diagram from before, I'd have to put the CAM above the axe arm. The CAM would push the bar down, raising the axe up and stretching the spring, then the spring being used to pull...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • callumhoy's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 15:12
    The drive right now is pretty much the same as it before I bought it. 2 scooter motors powering, going through some custom gearing to drive the wheels. I have simplified all the wiring, and I'm...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • mattsdragons's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 13:31
    You would be better off with a scooter motor powered system I think. I'm all for different ideas but even using twin motors and a bloody huge solenoid would be easier! But... if you want to go...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • Theo's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 12:22
    Out of interest, what have you sorted with the drive?
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • Redirect Left's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 07:02
    Redirect Left replied to a thread Newcastle/Durham in Socials
    Yeah. the UK is shaped awkwardly, not to mention involves several islands. Hard to do a meet in a place suitable for all. I still think that trying to organise vaguely localised meets would be...
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  • PrimevalMamba's Avatar
    9th December 2017, 00:34
    PM'ed you an offer ^^
    3 replies | 486 view(s)
  • callumhoy's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 23:41
    I have little faith in the setup used in that video, especially the spring being bent. That seems likely to be very unsafe. The spring would definitely need to be contained in some kind of safety...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 23:14
    Hmm... certainly looks powerful but I would not want to be around it if that spring decides to break (might be worth fitting a blanking plate over where the spring is exposed. Having watched...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • callumhoy's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 23:09
    The Whitworth Quick Return does look far less likely to break down, although it does look far less powerful, because there's no actual force behind the downward swing The spring appears to provide...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 22:45
    I possibly would not bother with a spring... when I was prototyping a axe mechanism, I simply used a bit of metal with a slot on it, a motor and a hub with one screw in it and I'd imagine it is the...
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  • callumhoy's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 22:30
    I'm not too worried about it being weaker than a pneumatic axe. I'm probably putting a plastic (or inflatable) police truncheon on the end for the looks more than to be effective with a small...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • McMad's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 21:46
    McMad replied to a thread Newcastle/Durham in Socials
    The problem with somewhere central is that it end up pleasing noone (other than those who live in the Centre) For Example from Glasgow to Birmingham by Train the anything earlier than a midday start...
    6 replies | 344 view(s)
  • Mongo's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 18:35
    Brilliant I will have a look, thanks
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • R9000's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 18:19
    Here's the short video I did explaining some of the modification, if you're interested: https://youtu.be/KXR07KbvTKc
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 16:37
    Ocracoke replied to a thread Team Kaizen - Shu! in Build Diaries
    A few videos showing where Shu! is up to.
    25 replies | 2790 view(s)
  • Shakey's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 16:32
    Bumpity Bump, Yes I am the kind of person who posts a sale thread forgetting he is buggering off for a week. but I'm back now.
    1 replies | 762 view(s)
  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 16:20
    I am sure Mortis used a mechanical axe that may have been driven by a CAM mechanism - I've been re-watching the fight between Ghetto-Bot and Mortis from the War of Independence special in Series 4...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • callumhoy's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 15:57
    So, I have a target for PC Plod's debut on the live circuit, 2019. This will be the 1998 PC Plod upgraded enough to compete, just for us to have some fun with and get experience with heavyweights,...
    31 replies | 5848 view(s)
  • Scottie's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 12:52
    This looks awesome and pretty unique. Im looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
    18 replies | 1235 view(s)
  • Maxamuslead's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 10:20
    THIS tread will help you a lot.
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
  • Mongo's Avatar
    8th December 2017, 09:02
    Time to ask for some advice again lol !!! I have been playing with my linear actuator trying to get it to extend/retract as quick as possible. So far I have managed to get it upto 45mm/sec...
    8 replies | 413 view(s)
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