Build Your Own Combat Robot by Pete Miles

By Pete Miles

Create your individual strong scuffling with robotic from begin to end utilizing this easy-to-follow guide. Robotics specialists Pete Miles and Tom Carroll clarify the technology and know-how at the back of robots, and express you what fabrics you want to construct and software a robotic for domestic, university, and pageant.

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You might be the lucky individual with a home machine shop (or have a friend with one) and an uncle who owns a junkyard and a surplus store. However, most of us aren’t this fortunate and must hunt through countless stores and catalogs to find what we want. Appendixes A-C at the end of this book will lead you to many proven sources of robot parts. No matter how full your junk boxes may be, you’ll probably find yourself purchasing a lot of the parts to build the robot—especially the electronics and controls.

There is only one weight class for the Robotica robots. , and the robot must fit inside a 4-foot-by-4-foot-by-4-foot cube at the start of the match. To give you an idea of the different types of events Robotica contestants face, the following are details on qualifying obstacle courses from the first two television seasons. Season One In the first season of Robotica, bots had to survive three different preliminary rounds. The first event was the Speed Demons race, where two bots raced around a figure-8–shaped track in opposite directions.

Chapter 2: Getting Started Safety in the Use of Shop Tools There are many power tools available to the robot experimenter. One of the first items you should purchase outside of handheld tools is a bench drill press. In itself, this is not a dangerous tool, but it can still cause injuries. The belts and pulleys at the top, if left exposed, can cause injuries to the hands. The drill chuck generally runs at a low enough speed when drilling to not cause flying bits of metal, but the use of other metal-cutting tools can cause metal to fly everywhere.

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