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Progress Reports / Team Mechanical Advantage
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:58:31 pm »
Hello everyone!  My name is Jeff and I have been involved in robotics since my first robot combat exhibition at Kansas State University in the fall of 2006.  I also competed at Hord Fall 2007 before taking a break from combat.  I was involved with FIRST robotics as a student and then mentor from 2008-2014.  Lately, I have been getting my fix through Colorado Space grant.  Now I am back into building combat robots and my first competition back will be the Sparkfun AVC. 
I am joined by fellow student and robot builder Isaak.  He is working on a bot for the AVC.  More details on that to come...

Here are my bots:

DZ

This is the 5th iteration of an antweight vertical spinner I have made.  It's a wedge with a drum.  Or it might be a drum with a wedge. 

Dusty

Mostly unchanged from his last fights at Hord Fall 2007.  Dusty uses many old school parts such as banebots drive motors and an Ant 150 ESC.  Winner of Hord Fall 2007 with 5-1 record. 
Here is a quick vid:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwcPRDrtrJzwbTFmcjlmbnNGR1E/view?usp=sharing

Isaak's bot:
Something will go here eventually.

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Useful References / References for Insect bots
« on: June 12, 2015, 02:25:55 pm »
 

Description
Hello.  This is intended to be a non-biased and actively growing list of all resources available for building 150gram, 1 pound or 3 pound fighting robots.  Please leave feedback on parts or vendors in the comments section! 
If you were looking for information on how to build a fighting robot, consult the learning section or go here


A giant list of links (some are broken) can be found here.  http://www.teamdavinci.com/links.htm



Kits:
www.fingertechrobotics.com               Viper kits require very little machining. Servo magazine bot kits are more like instructions and materials 
www.kitbots.com                               Competitive ant and beetle kits
www.combatrobotkits.com/               Currently one antweight horizontal spinner kit
http://www.shop.rovparts.com/Robot-Parts_c22.htm

Learn:
http://sparc.tools/?p=131 The newest getting started guide
nearchaos.net/guide/                                         Intro to fighting robots.  Also a blog about combat robots.
www.riobotz.com.br/en/tutorial.html                    Very in depth guide to combat robots.  I still haven't finished reading it, but lots of good info inside.
www.totalinsanity.net/tut/novice.php                    Lots of different tutorials.  Just keep in mind that some of the component information is outdated now
http://www.totalinsanity.net/tut/other/list.php       THE LIST The answer to "What do I need to build a robot?"
www.robotcombat.com/tips.html                           I just stumbled upon this, but it has lots of frequently asked questions about the sport
https://web.archive.org/web/20160316143902/http://www.teamdavinci.com/understanding_pneumatics.htm      Information on pneumatic systems
www.fingertechrobotics.com/howto.php                         A few guides and tips here\
http://www.kickinbot.com/proj-index.htm                     Excellent guide on building a robot with common household tools
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86EJ05kBksA&list=PL0zMZkIMIyC9SBFDc8SqcasGF3EYRpPWB       Video series on building an antweight



Robot Parts:
Transmitter/Recievers
www.hobbyking.com
http://www.robotmarketplace.com/products/rc_gear_main.html
www.fingertechrobotics.com/products.php?cat=Radio+Equipment
http://www.towerhobbies.com/
http://www.rcboca.com/

Speed Controllers
www.ttrobotics.com/paypal-webstore/
www.hobbyking.com
http://www.fingertechrobotics.com/products.php?cat=Electronics
www.operativerc.com/
www.vexrobotics.com/276-2193.html        "vextroller"
http://www.towerhobbies.com/
http://www.rcboca.com/
http://www.shop.rovparts.com/Robot-Parts_c22.htm           Scorpion mini

Motors
www.fingertechrobotics.com/products.php?cat=Motors+%26+Mounts
www.servocity.com
www.kitbots.com
www.ttrobotics.com/paypal-webstore/
www.pololu.com
www.botbitz.com.au
www.solarbotics.com
www.robotmarketplace.com/products/motors_main.html
www.hobbyking.com
www.lynxmotion.com
http://www.towerhobbies.com/
http://www.rcboca.com/
http://www.shop.rovparts.com/Robot-Parts_c22.htm              similar to B16 with S7 motor shaft


Li-po Batteries
www.hobbyking.com      Self-termed "battery Heaven"
www.towerhobbies.com
www.thunderpowerrc.com  Higher quality batteries, but at a price
http://www.robotmarketplace.com/products/batteries_main.html
http://www.fingertechrobotics.com/products.php?cat=Batteries+%26+Chargers
Teambrood.com

Wheels and hubs
www.fingertechrobotics.com/products.php?cat=Hubs+%26+Wheels
www.robotmarketplace.com/products/mechanical_main.html
www.servocity.com
www.lynxmotion.com
http://www.towerhobbies.com/


Building Materials:
www.mcmaster.com                              Huge online store for nearly everything mechanical.  My favorite source for Garolite and round belts.
www.grainger.com                                Similar to mcmaster, but with stores around the Country
www.onlinemetals.com                          Good source of metals and plastic for building
http://www.titaniumjoe.com/                  Surplus titanium   
www.fingertechrobotics.com/products.php?cat=Materials+%26+Fasteners               Titanium, garolite, lexan, bolts and some other useful building parts
https://www.industrialmetalsupply.com/
http://www.minalex.com/             Aluminum Extrusions
http://www.ulbrich.com/               Mostly "Canada only"
http://www.mscdirect.com/           Another online industrial supply



Tools       
www.harborfreight.com

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Questions / Rx/Tx for Insects
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:49:07 pm »
I'm looking to upgrade to a 2.4Ghz system for my insects.  I've seen a lot of options, but I am not sure which one to get.  Can anyone give me some guidance?

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