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    Well, I've been pretty negligent with updating...

    Well, I've been pretty negligent with updating this build diary, and as a result this has ended up being less of a description of my build methods along with asking for advice along the way, and more...
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    Almost all of my internal cuts are done with a...

    Almost all of my internal cuts are done with a jigsaw, which usually explains why they end up looking rougher than normal cuts. If I wanted to cut a box for instance, I'd draw the box, add a chamfer...
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    I notice in your last picture that one of the...

    I notice in your last picture that one of the metal pins on the gearbox has come loose. if one of those comes loose, the entire planetary setup can come loose or seize as well. I'd recommend putting...
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    Sorry for delay in reply. HDPE is really good for...

    Sorry for delay in reply. HDPE is really good for press fitting like you said, especially if the holes are undersized. For Léim Thart, I needed to press in a 1/2 inch bearing, and for that I just...
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    FOLLOW-UP: This video from Team Saint covers a...

    FOLLOW-UP: This video from Team Saint covers a few extra tips for HDPE cutting. the blade being used here will likely be too big for many cuts necessary, especially at lower weight classes, but the...
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    A Basic Guide on How to Work with HDPE

    So I've been working fairly non-stop on beetleweights and featherweights for the past two years, and each of my builds have involved robots almost entirely constructed out of HDPE. I have a lot to...
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    This seems to be an irritating change if the...

    This seems to be an irritating change if the voltage has really changed. Are the gearboxes still the same however? I've broken a few in my time, but still have the 12V motors from them, so in theory...
  8. So with Bugglebots coming back and after the...

    So with Bugglebots coming back and after the disappointing performance of Léim last time round, I've began a new spring flipper build with the intention of fixing all of the mistakes the old model...
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    Hey there Max! Really love the design, as someone...

    Hey there Max! Really love the design, as someone who tried making something different for my first bot I'm surprised how similar of a concept you've gone for with a grabber that grabs and raises...
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    So this quick update is mostly to ask about...

    So this quick update is mostly to ask about gears, sprockets, and how to mount them, but first, an update on the new machine. Barróg Doom should be constructed a lot quicker than the original, with...
  11. Now that the rest of the Bugglebots specials I...

    Now that the rest of the Bugglebots specials I was in have come out, I can finally finish off this event report.

    FIGHT 3: DUNG BEETLE MELEE


    So even though I was out of the main competition, I...
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    POST-EVENT THOUGHTS For another event, I...

    POST-EVENT THOUGHTS



    For another event, I haven't had a single wheel or gearbox break, which I'm happy with given how much the machine was tossed around this time round. Some of the wheels are...
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    ROUND 3: PIP My third fight was against Sam...

    ROUND 3: PIP

    My third fight was against Sam Graham's PIP (Pretty In Pink), a vert at its first event, and I believe the first event Sam had competed at as well. The weapon was certainly scary, but...
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    So Robodojo January 2019 has come and went, and...

    So Robodojo January 2019 has come and went, and was a fantastic event overall, but before I get into the fights I'd just like to get into some of the repairs that had to be made between Insomnia and...
  15. Cheers for the support. I have many improvements...

    Cheers for the support. I have many improvements planned for the next version of the bot: four-wheeled drive, brushless, an entirely new shape, and a far more powerful, hopefully actually viable...
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    I was very impressed seeing this machine at...

    I was very impressed seeing this machine at Robodojo, and I'm delighted to see such a detailed build log and event report, especially from another new team. I look forward to see what you do with the...
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    Shame to hear about the drill bits but those are...

    Shame to hear about the drill bits but those are some nice hardox pieces! Didn't realise the build was this far in progress, looking promising.
  18. FIGHT 1: ROUND 1 I was slotted in for heat 4,...

    FIGHT 1: ROUND 1

    I was slotted in for heat 4, and my first opponent was Claws 2 from Team Luna-Tic. I had faced the team before in my second Insomnia melee, and I knew how determined this family...
  19. Well it's been a while since I've updated this...

    Well it's been a while since I've updated this build log, but now that it's aired, I can say a bunch of stuff about the build I wouldn't have said usually. So as most of you are aware, Léim was...
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    So a quick update on this listing: Today Gimson...

    So a quick update on this listing: Today Gimson responded to my emails. They told me they had spares for the actuator and are sending over two replacement nylon gears free of charge! Pictures were...
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    Ah right. Sorry for late reply, notifications for...

    Ah right. Sorry for late reply, notifications for the wanted section are a little busted. I'll take a look on Aliexpress. Can't find the name Gimson popping up, and searching for the 1800N rated load...
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    Thanks for the advice. I've spent the morning...

    Thanks for the advice. I've spent the morning searching on Aliexpress searching, and there seems to be plenty of nylon spur gears available. Unfortunately I can't seem to find any replacements for...
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    So thanks to the Christmas season, I finally have...

    So thanks to the Christmas season, I finally have enough time to CAD up my next FW and the second model of Barróg, one I'm dubbing "Barróg Doom" (name pun from "Dearg Doom" by The Horslips). I was...
  24. Have signed up for full combat. Looking forward...

    Have signed up for full combat. Looking forward to participating, working weapon or not!
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    Replacement gears for GLA1800 Linear Actuator

    So for the first time since KOB UK, I attempted to extend my Gimson GLA1800 linear actuator, only to hear a nasty stripping sound, followed by the sound of the motor spinning, but no movement. Upon...
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