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  • TechAUmNu's Avatar
    Today, 10:31
    TechAUmNu replied to a thread CNC machining parts in Antweights
    If you wanted to waterjet/laser that you would need to split the flat part with the bolt holes and then bolt it onto the other part. You won't get the same precision that you get with machining them...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Today, 09:44
    I don't disagree with that proposition but there are only so many slots you can have in a show. Accommodating 3 weight classes is the issue here. I know EXR were running Featherweight fun time warm...
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  • TechAUmNu's Avatar
    Today, 09:23
    Generally accepted tip speed on FW is 250mph, but that really doesn't help. If your blade has very high MOI it doesn't really matter what the tip speed is. I think the limit should be left alone...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Today, 08:36
    When I was last at Maidstone in 2017, there were two FW melees per show, not one and so the choice to not fight a spinner was there. I suspect that to include Middleweights, this might be why it was...
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  • TeamKnightshade's Avatar
    Today, 08:03
    As someone who's bot got smashed too, I can agree with you on this. Weapon of choice was never intended to put up with such punishment, but we had to fight whatever went in the arena or we couldn't...
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  • Coolspeedbot's Avatar
    Today, 00:12
    That's an understatement.
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  • TechAUmNu's Avatar
    Today, 00:08
    So I have been working on a BW version of Elevate based on the experience I gained with it at the various events it's been at over the last year. It is now at a point where I have started building...
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  • TechAUmNu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:23
    Well that was a blood bath.
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  • Coolspeedbot's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:34
    Video of the fight:
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  • Coolspeedbot's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:31
    Well, I guess this will be my 'fight report' for Extreme Robots Maidstone, not that there is much to really talk about. The day started off great got a spot in the pits got to see the other robots as...
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  • DaveB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:47
    That's great. Thank you all for the advice and encouragement. Now you mention it I recall the need for a cradle and will get on the case although unlikely to win any prizes! Similarly, it should be...
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  • team death's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:13
    Upon closer inspection it appears the sprocket on the drive motor of Danger UXB was probably meshing against the wheel sprocket causing the horrible noise so you were right Sam. When I first...
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  • scott's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:20
    Looking forward to seeing it in Edinburgh! I second the cable-tie around the link, my link housing is a couple of cable ties so it makes it easy to find the link when it disappears inside the robot....
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  • firefly1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:50
    It looks like a great well thought out first build!! 3mm aluminum (grade dependendant) will hold up well in beetleweights but I wouldnt expect it to last more than an event, maybe two at a strech....
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 00:41
    Oh I was wrong... so wrong with this one... So far, this year, I've clocked 4,086 miles, not including the BotFest events which is reasonably close to me. Cheltenham is a weekend thing, so...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 00:08
    In my Beetleweight robots, I have been known to glue down my removable links to the body but in The Honey Badger, I clamped it down with a small cut of polycarbonate. The XT60 connector in that needs...
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  • RogueTwoRobots's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 22:55
    To echo what others have said, that is a great effort for a first build, well done. Using a piece of velcro to hold the link/fuse in place is fine; I always put a piece of duct tape over the link...
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  • 5upercrab's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 20:46
    5upercrab replied to a thread CNC machining parts in Antweights
    So an update on this. Got a quote for two of them for less than that original quote... Machining4u in the end. Quick lashup on a drill to test the balance and they are sweet as a nut. Just a few...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 19:26
    The trouble with Robodojo is that it is on a Sunday and I am generally not available on Sundays otherwise I would come. I've also not got a functional featherweight at the moment as Azriel is in bits...
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  • team death's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 19:04
    Oh disaster Lucy! 560 miles for 1 minute! on the plus side you did get a few chances to get your Robot to run. I remember Robot Wars series-you did not get a second chance-if it didn't go you were...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 19:04
    Yup. Staggered into the house and had a long tea. I've definitely had a tough year, especially with this MW robot. I think what it is comes down to a few factors. The biggest one is that I am...
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  • James Williams's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 18:30
    Argh, this is harsh just to read, let alone go through. Why is it always you? Meteorite has a recurring issue with the grub screw one one side coming loose on one side. This happened at Colchester...
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  • McMullet's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 17:21
    Yeah true, same with non-spinning Binky making up the numbers some of the time...
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  • McMullet's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 17:20
    Yikes. I bet you needed a couple of <your preferred therapeutic beverages> after that. :( Sorry to hear you had such a frustrating weekend. Sounds like you have a definitive picture of what needs...
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  • DaveB's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 16:38
    Thanks all, that's really helpful. We'll have a look again at the fuse holder attachment. A couple of screws and clamp sound like a better solution. Perhaps a bit keen to get finished! I think...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 15:56
    EXR Maidstone 2019 Maidstone happened. It was a 3am get up and didn't get home until midnight with 3 hours sleep behind me (though I had 14 hours the night before). I think this wins the award at...
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  • Maxamuslead's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 15:42
    All where sportman legal, Al doesnt use hydraulic if asked not too in Sportmans
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  • McMullet's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 13:58
    You're braver than me... Though we are hoping to put together a full combat machine next year sometime. The mix of robots and numbers in full combat and sportsman is pretty random tbh, last time...
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  • McMullet's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 13:42
    Looks great! Congrats on your first build and hope it does well in Edinburgh. I think it's been covered pretty well already, but I've also seen both fuses as links and velcro covers. The key thing...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 13:16
    Welcome to the forum! Nice looking bot. Fuses as links is OK, I've seen this in the Featherweight class. 3mm aluminium will stand up to most things in a BW arena, better than mine did :P
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  • DaveB's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 11:10
    Thanks. Ordered the aluminium from metals4u but didn't know there were different grades. I imagine the proof of the pudding will be in the arena. We're now looking forward to seeing how it gets on...
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  • Retroman's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 10:41
    Yeah, the position of the the link is spot on there my dude, and to be honest we are talking shaving a few grams, it's probably more of a last ditch effort ha Depending on which aluminium you've...
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  • DaveB's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 09:42
    Thanks both. Its encouraging to know we're not too far off. The fuse holder is a medium sized one we picked up in Halfords. Its the first thing in line of the positive side after the battery which I...
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  • James Williams's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 09:21
    Hi David Firstly, I don't see using velcro to hold the link in place being an issue, however if a tech checker hypothetically did take issue with it then you would be allowed to simply remove...
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  • Albear's Avatar
    20th October 2019, 00:06
    Welcome! That looks like a really solid effort for a first go, you should be pleased! I've seen fuses being used as links in smaller classes but someone with a bit more experience may be able to...
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  • Retroman's Avatar
    19th October 2019, 23:23
    As far as I know, The fuse being the link is acceptable (I do this with my ants and have designed it into my feather) so long as removal renders the robot dead you should be fine, and the rules...
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  • DaveB's Avatar
    19th October 2019, 21:50
    Hello there, This is our first post on the site so wanted to say hello. Have been following some of the threads here with interest and have picked up lots of great information. After going to see an...
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  • McMullet's Avatar
    19th October 2019, 19:19
    Glad the horrible noise had a reasonably benign explanation! It sounded a bit like the hole drive system was shredding itself. Look forward to seeing the terrible trio in December!
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  • team death's Avatar
    19th October 2019, 18:55
    Team Death entered the October Robodojo with three robots and was semi successful. Danger UXB won two fights but I was unhappy with its drivability and it was quite sluggish and very noisy as...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 18:46
    I need to get Azriel ready for EXR Cheltenham anyway so if it survives that, I might put in for Robodojo but likely at Full Combat rather than Sportsman. Depends on how I feel about it. A whiteboard...
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  • McMullet's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 16:37
    Yep that would've been about 10 times scarier! :uhoh: It hadn't occurred to turn down the steering more than the fwd/rev - tried that and seemed to help a lot in a quick (weaponless) test drive on...
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  • McMullet's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 16:24
    I've had a good look through the rules; there is a prohibition against "hazardous materials", so maybe use gluten free bread in case the arena marshal is coeliac? You never know. Other than that I...
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  • Retroman's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 12:39
    I do admire the packing job, I like seeing all the pics of builds with tidy wiring and an absurd amount of electronics squeezed into a tiny space, I can respect the effort and planning involved,...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 10:21
    "Neat and elegant". Not words I would ascribe to that version of the Badger. :P It did the job, even stood up to the likes of Neon for a few brief moments before the wheels came off. TBH, it was a...
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  • Retroman's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 09:55
    Not going to lie Lucy, that’s the exact build I was thinking of with the suggestion, a neat and elegant solution imho. I'm sure we could butter the toast in the pits afterwards tho :lol:
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 09:33
    Yeah, gotta make toast in the arena :P I can't think of a rule where it wouldn't be allowed in, perhaps just not buttered as that would probably count as a liquid. I did a mezzanine floor in The...
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  • Retroman's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 09:10
    1. Good stuff, I'll look out for it when I finally make a FW event 2. Nah, you gotta have some class, be the fanciest (and possibly scariest) toaster in the northwest. 3. Yeah, also a biker, and...
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  • Ocracoke's Avatar
    18th October 2019, 08:39
    Ah yes, I forgot about For the Love of Sci-Fi. I am sure I entered that with Azriel. Gonna need to start (re)building it then. :P
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  • Mr Manuva27's Avatar
    17th October 2019, 22:43
    Great update, really encouraging to see Wedgeley improving and evolving at every event. Your exit from the Forge Master fight was pretty spectacular! The new wheels look the business too. I would...
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  • Mr Manuva27's Avatar
    17th October 2019, 22:24
    Lucy Oh wow, 270x270mm is tiny! Don't know how you manage it. I have quite a bit of vertical space above that I could build in to, but I want to make sure everything is secure and as easy to...
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