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    Thought i'd start a list of websites we all use and pretty much know off by heart for newcomers to the sport to use as a reference for where to find various components. I'll probably forget some, so add if you see fit. Apologies in advance if I miss anything out in the description of your website, i'm just putting the main things in and people can have a look for themselves


    Roboteer Forums

    FRA:
    http://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/forum

    UK Antweight Forum:
    http://robotwars101.org/forum/

    Australian RoboWars Forum:
    http://robowars.org/forum/



    Event Organisers

    Robochallenge:
    http://robochallenge.co.uk

    Robots Live:
    http://robotslive.co.uk/

    Roaming Robots:
    http://www.roamingrobots.co.uk/



    Components

    Gimson Robotics (motors, wheels, actuators)
    http://www.gimsonrobotics.co.uk

    Robochallenge (wheels, motors)
    http://www.robochallenge.co.uk

    Component Shop (batteries)
    http://www.component-shop.co.uk/

    Giant Cod (radio gear, servos, batteries, motors, most things we use actually...)
    http://www.giantcod.co.uk/

    Technobots (connectors, fixings, LEDs, cabling, speed controllers)
    http://www.technobotsonline.com/

    Robot Power (Scorpion XL, XXL and Sidewinder speed controllers)
    http://www.robotpower.com/

    Argos (cheap drill motors)
    http://www.argos.co.uk

    Vapextech ebay store (batteries)
    http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/vapextech/?_t ... 4340.l2559

    Dimension Engineering (Sabertooth speed controllers)
    http://www.dimensionengineering.com/

    Banebots (wheels, motors)
    http://banebots.com/

    Electronize (Electronize speed controllers)
    http://www.electronize.co.uk/index.htm

    RS Components (Electronic Components)
    http://www.rswww.com

    HPC Gears (gears, belts, chain, sprockets, pulleys, custom fabrications)
    http://www.hpcgears.com

    Botbitz (speed controllers)
    http://www.botbitz.com/



    Materials

    Direct Plastics (Engineering Plastics)
    http://www.directplasticsonline.co.uk

    JL Steel (Hardox)
    http://www.jlsteel.co.uk/



    Material Cutting

    Clydeview Engineering
    http://www.clydeviewengineering.com/

    Draftek
    http://www.draftek.co.uk/



    Calculators

    LED Resistor Calculator;
    http://led.linear1.org/1led.wiz

    Timing Pulley Calculator:
    http://www.sdp-si.com/cd/default.htm

    Spinning Weapon KE Calculator:
    http://www.teamcosmos.com/ke/ke.shtml

    Drive and Battery Calculator:
    http://architeuthis-dux.org/torquecalc.asp

    Magnetic Force Calculator:
    http://www.kjmagnetics.com/calculator.asp

    Motor Power Output Calculator:
    http://www.magtrol.com/support/motorpower_calc.html

    Robot Speed Calculator:
    http://www.technobotsonline.com/robot-s ... lator.html

    Torque Conversion Tables:
    http://www.numberfactory.com/nf_torque. ... ervalue=90

    Shape to Weight Calculator:
    http://www.matweb.com/tools/weightcalculator.aspx



    Guides

    Drill Hacking Guide:
    http://www.wa4dsy.net/robot/drillmaster/index.html

    Electric Exe Guide:
    http://www.robowars.org/wikka/ElectricAxeWeapons

    Torque conversion app:
    http://www.numberfactory.com/nf_torque.html



    Pneumatics Help and Guides

    Pneumatic Systems Information:
    http://www.teamonslaught.fsnet.co.uk/co2_info.htm

    Pneumatic System Build Tips:
    http://www.teamdavinci.com/understanding_pneumatics.htm

    Pneumatics Guide:
    http://www.technobotsonline.com/design- ... obots.html

    Pneumatic Guide:
    http://howto.killerhurtz.co.uk/pneumatics.htm



    Comparison Tables

    Plastic Comparison Table:
    http://www.machinist-materials.com/comp ... astics.htm

    Metal Comparison Table:
    http://www.simetric.co.uk/si_metals.htm

    Steel Comparison Table:
    http://www.westyorkssteel.com/products.html

    Graupner Motor Comparison Table:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/edward.mat ... aupner.htm
    Last edited by Anttazz; 14th August 2014 at 16:13.

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    Nice thread! Have a few more links.

    Dimension Engineering (Sabertooth speed controllers)
    http://www.dimensionengineering.com/

    Banebots (wheels, motors)
    http://banebots.com/

    Electronize (Electronize speed controllers)
    http://www.electronize.co.uk/index.htm

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    How come yours got made sticky and mine was relegated to the back alleys of the forum! Well, if you can't beat them join them!

    LED Resistor Calculator;
    http://led.linear1.org/1led.wiz

    Timing Pulley Calculator:
    http://www.sdp-si.com/cd/default.htm

    Drill Hacking Guide:
    http://www.robowars.org/guides/guides-d ... cking.html

    Pneumatic Systems Information:
    http://www.teamonslaught.fsnet.co.uk/co2_info.htm

    Pneumatic System Build Tips:
    http://www.teamdavinci.com/understanding_pneumatics.htm

    Spinning Weapon KE Calculator:
    http://www.teamcosmos.com/ke/ke.shtml

    Couple more pneumatic links:
    http://www.technobotsonline.com/design- ... obots.html

    http://howto.killerhurtz.co.uk/pneumatics.htm

    Drive and battery calculator:
    http://architeuthis-dux.org/torquecalc.asp

    Torque conversion app:
    http://www.numberfactory.com/nf_torque.html

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    Because half of yours aint working PJ

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    Quiet you!

    Shape to Weight Calculator:
    http://www.matweb.com/tools/weightcalculator.aspx

    (Just saw this posted.)

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    www.rswww.com - good for pretty much everything

    www.hpcgears.com - gears, belts, chain, sprockets, pulleys, custom fabrications

    www.draftek.co.uk - water jet company in Birmingham, roboteer friendly, do all my stuff and the chassis on satans mutt for the gadget show

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    Can anyone recommend another good source for Pulleys with custom machining?

    HPC keep sending me other people's quotes (for what ever reason....)

    And TechnoBots got all arsey when I asked them for a quote....

    I wouldn't mind just buying the pulleys, but I lack the tools to properly fit a grub screw on the boss and a central bore, I'd rather pay a few more quid.

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    PJ- you tried ringing HPC? there technical department are usualy really helpful... i believe they charge around £2.50 to bore a pulley out, i imagine it'd be about the same for a grubscrew.. but most of there stuff comes with a grubscrew fitting on the boss anyhow.

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    That's interesting, I may try giving them a ring then.

    Although from looking at their prices some things are much more expensive than Technobots.

    Cheers.

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