Robot Wars is coming back!
In honour of it, what would you make if you had to make a fighting robot?
Were you not here last year when BattleBots came back?
We had weekly "gamethreads" where everyone watched the show, and throughout the week there was a lot of talk about the actual robots.
You could have even went to /sp/ or /tv/ and been in a fast gamethread.
One of the MIT robot crew came in and talked, and several high school robot makers were posting videos of their bots from years back, and there was a few people posting about designs and ideas. Went on for a good long time.
Battlebots season 2 has been picked up, so I assume its going to be the same. And this time people have notice so half of the bots arent going to be shit.
Its not if you want to see Michael bay effects instead of actual RC combat. But hey, nobody actually liked seeing technical talk with the robot builders, we want to see DA HOUSE BOTS!
I'd make a crawler tread tank which could get up after being turned over or flipped upside down
110kg weight limit, there's a size limit too but I don't know how big it can be.
No electrical weapons (magnets/tasershit), no ballistics (muhguns), no chemical weapons (too messy/includeswater), no entanglement devices (nets/string). Flamethrowers are allowed in some competitions, Battlebots this yeah had them.
Aluminium is very lightweight put that on as an armor and then arm the thing with like a retractable blade or something (like a scorpion)
The best one I ever saw was a steel cylinder about 2.5' wide by 2' tall. Based on the sounds it made it was probably 1/4" plate. Welded on the outside all around were flat sharapened plates parallel to the top. It would spin up to like 2000+ rpms then just had basic direction movements. Highest weight class at like 200lbs. Absolutely fucking annihilated anything and everything. There are some videos on YouTube of it but it would take some digging to find them.
>aluminium for armor
I don't think that's a good idea anon
Anyway, here's my 2 minute trackpad rendering of a fighting robot. Belt driven flywheel mounted to the underside of the chassis and protruding in front of the wheels.
EE that just started their senior year here.
Actually making one as a final project for a class.
I JUST got approved for it like 5 minutes ago.
My plan is to make a decent base model, and the weapons could be movable, to add and move as seen fit.
Only thing is, it needs to be for "more than fighting", at the end of the day. So i plan on putting a spotlight and a camera on it, just to say that is its "non-violent" use.
Other than that idea, I plan on working out a design tonight and over the next few days.
Shame the other guy planning on building one backed out. We were going to fight them.
lol I said it was to smash through shit and take out fires, with a spotlight and camera and a loud speaker to help locate people.
I know it's against rules, but having a mounted cannon would be fun as shit.
I'm thinking tank chassis with wheels, large shield/plating on the front for ramming shit with some large solenoids that cause a huge ass spike to flip and pierce stuff, with a flame thrower under that.
Also maybe a outer shell for protection that can rapidly open up to knock things away at it's side, or help it flip over.
I'm pretty much picturing a robot rhinoceros beetle that shoots flames from it's mouth.
It would be really cool to have it somehow grab a robot with pincers and lift it up somehow on it's back "legs" or wheel/treads, like a real beetle.
This is all just my imagination talking though.
>Good 'ole One-Two
High-speed arm that smashes the armor and grabs the enemy chassis from the hole, then lifts it and punches it from the underside with a pair of piston spikes
Overhead swinging arm with a revolving spike at the end (think of a giant revolver with spikes instead of bullets), with enough weight and thrust it should fuck everyone up.
The longest and heaviest rectangular slab of metal allowed by the rules, linked to a motor that swings overhead or sideways.
A table sawblade which turns horizontally and wheels which can be moved inside so the thing has a grip on the floor with its rubber bottom.
as a boringly practical person....
Wedge design, 2 wheels with differential control to allow turning, the nose of the bot touching the ground, to ensure it can get underneath the lowest targets. Large-ish wheels, 10mm or so bigger than the bot overall, so it can be driven flipped entirely upside down.
either an aluminium monocoque chassis, built from box sections and honeycomb, or carbon fibre, depending on what resources I have available, with electrics in a central survival cell with Evazote LD20 foam as a damping material - with duplexed carbon steel armour - outer casing of heat-treated 4mm 1060 spec carbon steel, Heat-treated to 46HrC (hard enough to take almost any impact, soft enough to not crack), inner of 2mm carbon HT'd to 42HRC, spaced with a bonded 2mm layer of neoprene. Individual panels would be affixed to the chassis by internal mountings set into the chassis on easily replaced deformable risers, designed to break, rather than transfer damage to the main chassis.
weapon, either a pneumatic flipper in the upper face of the wedge, to throw the targets up and out of the ring, of if insufficient force can be generated to make a flipper throw 150kg easily, then maybe think about a single spike trailed behind like a ray's tail to flick up and over, use speed, rather than mass, for more impact force
Maybe one of these things. Climb on top of the enemy, dig those teeth in and chew through the top of 'em.
More like one of the most gay ass homo rules.
There needs to be a no holds barred part of the show where they shove some robots into an enclosed and submerged concrete room and teleoperate them with embedded cameras for total destruction with maximum safety.
Inverted mixing bowl with a vacuum cleaner to suck onto the floor, tread driven for traction, with as much weight as low and far from center as possible. Weapon is a single spike welded on top.
I always thought the idea of robot wars was nice but the scale too limited
My ideal setup:
>arena is a square maybe 10km on a side in the middle of a desert somewhere
>radio geofencing and physical antitank defenses e.g. those hedgehog caltrop things around the perimiter
>weight classes 1, 5, 10, 20, maybe 50 tons
>none of these bullshit restrictions e.g. on ballistics, EMF weapons, jamming etc
>no individual competitor teams - companies only (people can still form a company to enter but this would allow existing military contractors to enter)
>bots have to be capable of running autonomously (since jamming is allowed)
>army units on standby in case any of the bots escape the arena
>drones flying overhead for camera
>leftover UXO becomes arena hazards for later seasons
>winners get publicity to sell their weapons systems to militaries or get bought out by an existing military contractor
but the risks are too great it would probably never happen
I'd just equip it with one of those cow killing pneumatic guns that just use a steel rod so it isnt ballistic. Or some clamps to grab on the enemy and a skropion like hooked axe with both a circular and a backwards to rip off pieces.