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« Reply #60 on: September 21, 2016, 12:36:04 pm »
Ok all. Seeing as we just finalized our registration for Franklin, I thought it'd be a good time for a little update. First and foremost, this will be our first time at Franklin, and it looks like we picked one heck of year to participate!! This sure will be 1 BUSY day. Even more so as we are bringing Gemini (3lb), Aries (1lb), and resurrecting the pile of junk that was Scorpius (3lb)!

Gemini; is getting a few small upgrades. Anyone who was at Bot Blast probably knows the problems we were having. Hopefully those are behind us now! :)

Aries; suffered from the same plight as Gemini (failing drive motors). Again, correcting this should equal more fun.

Scorpius; well after 2 competitions with electrical issues, we shelved this bot temporarily. Seeing as we never really got much quality arena time with the design, not much is changing. Just some new electronic bits, and we'll see what happens.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone!

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« Reply #61 on: October 20, 2016, 10:27:31 am »
Well, it's been a few weeks since Franklin, so I guess an event report is better late & long, than never.

This was our first time at Franklin, and it seems like it was a special year. So many new & first time builders is really exciting to see! All I can say is based on the turn out for Franklin, I'm interested to see how Motorama will turn out!

Overall this was a really fun event. If not a little stressful due to the number of bots in a 1 day event. The NERC officials ran a tight ship and it all seemed to run like clockwork! We wanted to take a moment to thank NERC for putting on the event!  ;)

On to our Bots I guess.


Aries:
(L) vs Ubersaw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8HWr2aVgfw

(W) by Forfeit  vs Scythe

(W) by Forfeit  vs Bot That Hath No Name

(W) vs Slim Pickens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsJQ8gBg6bg

(W) by Forfeit  vs The Cuban

(L) vs Revy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MFXfML5O0U


Aries officially went 4-2, however that is mostly thanks to pre-match forfeits. In actual combat it went 1-2, with an unexpected win over Slim Pickens.

For this event, Aries received a drive design upgrade and it seems to have worked out perfectly. We switched the drive motors over to the motors Ian suggested, with no problems! We also switched the wheels from Banebots to Foam, and also used an indirect belt drive. All to limit the shock going back in to the gearbox. The drive system worked wonderful, unlike at BotBlast.

Aries has 2 design changes that need to be made.
  • Do NOT print wheel guards as part of the uni-body chassis. Ubersaw taught us a lesson on that!
  • Figure out a way to limit the Gyro dance while turning with the drum at full speed. I'm thinking a wider wheel base?


Gemini:
(W) vs Team Harris

(W) vs Mondo Bizarro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7S9CivW8lo

(L) vs Chuck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0w5mqn7sSE

(W) vs Event Horizon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31G9cFAusSU

(W) vs Captain Doom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCcjACM6jTI

(L) vs Scorpius


Gemini went 4-2 on the day, only because it got paired against our very own Scorpius at the end. We choose to forfeit Gemini against Scorpius, because who wants ANOTHER wedge near the end of the competition. So we opted to move Scorpius forward and end the day for Gemini.

Gemini did what a wedge is supposed to do for the most part, just need to make some minor adjustments in the design.


Scorpius:
(W) vs Devastating Moment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXeSGCr6-B0

(W) by Forfeit   vs Wedge of Destruction v3

(W) vs best korea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djo4z2BYjZM

(L) vs Trilobite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Siv2P8-iwiI

(W) by Forfeit   vs Gemini

(W) by Forfeit   vs Chuck

(L) vs Trilobite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_A7nuIMWAM


Scorpius went 5-2 and WON 3rd place! This was the first of 3 events for Scorpius that it was not plagued with electrical issues. We moved away from the 1000rpm Kitbot motors, and did not have the electrical issues. So this was really the first outing that we could see what the bot was capable of.

For the most part the design seems fairly stable, we are going to redesign the chassis and rebuild certain parts as they had been beat on pretty good in the first 2 events when the bot was thrown in the arena not working correctly.



All in all it was a great event! and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at Motorama!

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« Reply #62 on: January 16, 2017, 09:37:41 am »
Basically 1 month to go!! This is going to be intense!

Latest version of Scorpius when it was on the printer. I'm excited to see how this version turns out!!



Nearly done with the slight revisions to Aries.

Gemini, is still waiting on parts to come in before we get a good jump on it.

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« Reply #63 on: January 30, 2017, 10:58:34 am »
This weekend we hit the pause button on Bot building to focus on cleaning and organizing the basement (which also happens to be the workshop as well).

In doing so, we made room for a much needed workbench extension. I also wanted to build a small test box. Kelley said, "why not build it into the workbench?"
So that's what we did!



Plywood walls and 1/4" Polycarb front & door.
Now it just needs some lighting.

It's a little small at 26" x 42", but having this makes me feel MUCH safer and happier as now we can actually do some real testing, not just drive testing.
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« Reply #64 on: February 01, 2017, 10:08:41 pm »
That is an amazing idea! *furiously takes notes and hopes to copy*

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« Reply #65 on: February 03, 2017, 11:24:56 am »
When she said it, I was like, "but then I lose storage space". But the more I thought about it made complete sense as I was still adding storage space from what we had before, plus a work surface. And I don't need to store the test box anywhere. So far it's working out VERY nice!! I strongly encourage everyone to have a test box, and this option makes it super simple!!

Well we have Scorpius & Aries done, minus wheel guards and swapping out some of the old parts with new ones.

Started taking Gemini apart last night and took some tear down pics.

Decided to weigh the wedges just to see how much weight is tied up in them. I was shocked, as I never weighed just the wedges before.
I forget who took the chunk out of the green wedge @ FI. But that wedge will be retired, and kept as a backup. Might look at getting these hardened for future events!








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« Reply #66 on: February 03, 2017, 01:05:19 pm »
What material are the wedges?
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« Reply #67 on: February 03, 2017, 01:13:23 pm »
1/8" 4130.

Earlier versions Gemini used the typical Ti wedge design, but didn't care for the durability.

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« Reply #68 on: February 07, 2017, 09:06:03 am »
Thought I'd share a quick update on the workbench/test box.

I installed some $16 lighting in the box, and now it feels legit!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQFUZFC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HSF65MC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1







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« Reply #69 on: February 07, 2017, 06:12:08 pm »
Nice! I looked at installing some LED light bars for offroading vehicles in my box but with the power supply it was going to cost more than I wanted. My box is bigger and I need more light with the high speed camera than something like that. It looks really great in your box.

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« Reply #70 on: February 08, 2017, 07:41:44 am »
Thanks Zac!

The LEDs are actually a LOT brighter than what you would imagine. That photo was taken in a well lit room, the camera makes the rest of the room look dark though. For $16 I'd suggest giving them a try. The LED pack comes with over 16ft, I only used about 10ft. I also installed them horizontally so it was more of an ambient light, if you used all 16ft and mounted them pointing down, they may just meet your needs.

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« Reply #71 on: February 08, 2017, 05:42:20 pm »
I'll check it out. For now I'm using a Husky 500w Halogen equivalent LED work light. It is sturdier, lighter, and cooler than the halogen flavor I had from HF. Still not sure I like it hanging down in my test box though :)

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« Reply #72 on: February 28, 2017, 10:34:31 am »
Well, time for the Moto post event update I suppose.

In short:

Aries performed much better than in past events going 3-2. However, this was likely the last event for Aries as the drum broke. Last match, we had to rig a wedge attachment together.

Gemini performed much better than the last design iteration that used the foam wheels. Very happy to be back with the banebots wheels. However, it still only managed a disappointing 3-2. I say disappointing because the first loss against Hard Drive 2.0, really confuses me how we lost that match? But crap happens.

Scorpius FINALLY seemed dangerous! It managed to finish 5-2, with both losses courtesy of Project Darkness. The first loss we hit weapon to weapon, which bent our blade just enough that when it finished its rotation, it flexed into the bottom of the electronics bay severing all of the PWM wires and damaging the receiver. We were then sitting ducks. Ian came in for the kill shot and finished blowing Scorpius apart. From there it was a long rebuild process with spare/scrap parts. For the second match up we added a spacer under the blade to help avoid what happened the first time, however in doing so, the belt was on a slight angle. After running the blade for a little bit, the belt flange broke off the pulley and allowed the belt to slide off the pulley, no more weapon.


Now for the videos.


Aries
(1lb) Aries vs Odium (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx3McUWUdy4

(1lb) Aries vs The Cuban (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rYKmgdlYjU

(1lb) Aries vs Fire Arrow (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfBxE8c2lTg

(1lb) Ignatz vs Aries (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN6I-mn5Gr4

(1lb) Passive Aggressive vs Aries (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7N3XdwO_e8


Gemini
(3lb) Hard Drive 2.0 vs Gemini (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mosh5TjHp5A

(3lb) Gemini vs Standi (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sgG4dQROvI

(3lb) Gemini vs Mondo Bizarro (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvXg2uuQM04

(3lb) Gemini vs Mr. Killjoy (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFnUNzXz6m4

(3lb) Speed Wedge 3 vs Gemini (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGnQlBJ73Ro


Scorpius
(3lb) Scorpius vs Dat Boi (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV6sQJSiiF0

(3lb) Project Darkness vs Scorpius - 1st Fight (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RYr5apkwsQ

(3lb) Scorpius vs Envious Poison (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDIsA5Wtf90

(3lb) Scorpius vs Hailstone (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhJwFViwNcg

(3lb) Scorpius vs Deadpan (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx9QOEQNrvY

(3lb) Scorpius vs Bagel Beast (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlddVQQNn9g

(3lb) Project Darkness vs Scorpius - 2nd Fight (Motorama 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e25SXOM1zqg
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