The video is up and ready for viewing.
Algos, Apollyon and Nyx won their respective classes (1, 12 and 30lb) going undefeated at Dragon Con Robot Battles. I’ll be getting started on the video tonight, so watch for the matches to trickle onto my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/mikencr . Once everything’s uploaded I’ll put together playlists for each class and put up a new post with links to the footage.
We did pretty well at Clash of the Bots 4 yesterday in Gastonia, NC. Algos placed 1st with a 4-0 record, Klazo placed 4th with a 2-2 record and the bot hockey team I joined placed 2nd. Both antweight robots will need a bit of work between now and Dragon*Con Robot Battles, but nothing major.
Video from the event is up on my YouTube page. I’ve also put together playlists for the full event as well as ants and beetles.
Full event playlist:
Quick rundown of how the bots did at Motorama:
Nyx- 3rd place with both losses coming due to electrical issues. 4-2 record for the weekend.
Apollyon- 4th place with one loss to Cataclysm (the eventual champion) that caused some lasting motor damage that likely led to the bot shutting down in its last match. 2-2 record, first losses for this version of the bot, which now has a 15-2 record.
Algos- 3rd place with some serious damage that will result in a rebuild. Looking to build it in a bit more compact form and with a much heavier weapon.
Klazo- 0-2 record with a good rumble performance. Drum needs some repair but it’s otherwise still operational.
Keres- 3rd place and severely damaged. Likely retired/rebuilt into something that doesn’t resemble the current version.
Playlists for the big arena classes at Motorama 2013 are complete:
1lb and 150g classes are uploading now and should appear shortly on my YouTube channel.
Motorama 2013 is this weekend. We’ll be leaving Atlanta at approximately 8am with a 10.5 hour, 700 mile drive to take care of. Hoping with reasonable stops and meal breaks to arrive at our hotel by 8pm. We should have plenty of video to post after the event and will attempt to have it all online by the end of next week.
Just need to get the bar recut (it drifted during waterjetting) and the bot will be done. Weight is 135g without the bar, aiming for 12.25g for the bar, which leaves 2.75g for a yet to be released power switch that I’m planning to add down the line.
Test drive video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq_jnrT-Juc
Motorama is only a few months away, the rooms are booked, the paperwork is signed and the check is ready to be mailed out. Last year, Near Chaos Robotics entered 5 robots across 4 classes, and this year, we’ll at least match that total. With Moros, Kobalos and Motor City Massacre retired, that means there will be at least 3 robots going to Motorama for the first time.
Nyx: Ready to compete and currently being used for motor controller testing.
Apollyon: I haven’t really done anything to it since last Moto and it’s still in good shape.
Algos: Getting some new spare wheels made, but otherwise ready to go.
Klazo: Ready, as usual.
So, that’s the fleet of currently built bots. What else is there?
Keres: 150g combat bot with a 5″ titanium bar. All the parts are ordered and the chassis will be getting cut soon. It’s also being used as a test platform for some new lightweight gearmotors.
Reptar: My teammates 1lb bot is getting rebuilt for improved durability. Last time, it was very improvised and made of whatever was laying around. It finished 1st and 2nd in its first two tournaments. Now, it’ll be made of titanium.
Here’s a render of Keres:
I put together an Instructable on my 1lb bot Algos. It covers the initial build, some redesign, shaft hardening and titanium anodizing. The Instructable also includes .slddrw and .dxf’s of all of the waterjet cut components used. Check it out and vote for it in the Digital Fabrication Contest if you like it. http://www.instructables.com/id/One-Pound-Fighting-Robot-Algos/