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u/personizzle · 10 pointsr/battlebots
  • The name of the game in combat robots is robustness and reliability. The forces that even very small robots undergo are mind-boggling, and any weak links can kill a robot.

  • Work on skills like soldering, crimping, and so on. A loose wire connection can be just as devastating as a catastrophic structural failure.

  • The link that Charles posted is very good. Here's another piece of great reading, for robots of all sizes. While some elements are very out of date, and the focus is quite a bit more big-bot, Grant's book still holds up as well, particularly the sections on fabrication skills if you're inexperienced in these areas.

  • Study other robots. Learn "standards" for material thickness and such for a given weight class. Use the cubic scaling rule to convert elements from other classes. Try to intuit how their structural elements react against each other to build up strength. Take these lessons, and apply it to your own designs. Don't be afraid to generously borrow ideas. Ideas are fun but easy, it's quality and tiny details that make or break a robot.

  • If you haven't already, pick up a CAD package and learn it. Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks are industry standard and free for students. If this doesn't apply to you, Autodesk Fusion is free to everybody, and is also a good choice. Learn how to use the material properties features to estimate weight. Not a necessity by any means, but it enhances the experience a ton, and in quite a few ways you wouldn't expect. Easier than you might expect as well.

  • Speaking of which, pick up a good scale that works in fine increments. Check parts and the bot as a whole regularly. Unexpected things like wire weight will surprise you.

  • Pick standard sizes for hardware and stick to them. You'll thank yourself later.

  • Websites to familiarize yourself with:, specific to robot combat. Lots of great parts for every aspect of a robot, you can basically get everything except raw building material from there., great source for lipo batteries, brushless motors and escs, and other miscellaneous electronic components. Some of their parts have a very real "china factor" associated with them, but there's a lot of good stuff as well., general purpose industrial supplier with amazing stock and shipping speed. Pretty much everything you'd ever want to build or make things can be found there, albeit often at a bit of a price premium., a whole lot of components purpose-built for insect class combat.

  • If you choose one component to splurge on, make it the radio. It can be shared by every bot you make, and a good radio with great reliability and extra features is useful at every level. My personal pick is the Frsky Taranis, but Spektrum and others make good stuff as well. Ditch the receiver that comes with it and pick up a compatible micro-receiver.

  • Related, ditch any conceptions you may have about neat, nicely laid out, easy to work on electrical systems. That doesn't happen in combat robots.

  • Some ballpark components to get you started for a (US) Antweight: 2x or 4x fingertech geared motors (silver spark, not gold). Fingertech TinyESC, or modified Vex Motor Controller 29. 2S or 3S LiPo battery, 250+ mAh. Fingertech hubs and foam wheels. Aim for ~8fps for a wedge, slower for a weaponed bot. UHMW or Polycarbonate for thick frame elements, Aluminum or titanium for armor plate.

  • For testing, chuck the robot against a concrete wall, repeatedly. Don't be afraid to break it. Breaking it is how you learn to improve it.

  • Bring spare parts to your competition, and design to make repairs as easy as possible.

  • Finally, if you haven't already, I suggest joining here. Pretty much every serious builder in the sport hangs out there, and it's far and away the best place on the internet for in-depth technical discussion of combat robots.
u/Zardotab · 4 pointsr/battlebots

It was a joke. Chomp bounces around a lot like objects in a lava lamp, but at a faster pace. (I like Chomp's bouncing, by the way.)

I wonder what other bots would make a for a good lamp or other household objects? Warhead? A Tombstone model could make for a nice air fan. I want a Nightmare pizza cutter. Other TV objects have them.

Captain Shrederator mounted on the ceiling would make a nice lamp. A Smeeeeee toothbrush.

u/c4ptainmorgan · 2 pointsr/battlebots

Have you ever played around with this?

It's a plastic that turns clear, sticks to itself and gets a texture similar to silly putty when you put it in 55 degree Celsius water. Once it cools, the plastic hardens and is actually pretty durable. I made a cone shape like a party hat and smashed it with a hammer a few times and it flexed but sprung back into shape immediately. The plastic is remoldable if you just heat it back up. You could mold it into any shape or thickness you want, and it is actually pretty strong.

u/Drsmall · 2 pointsr/battlebots

I don't see a weapon motor on your list. Do you already have one? Also, what's the servo for? If you're adding more to the kit, make sure you have the weight for it.

Now the Scorpion is overkill for an ant's drive system. I'd use 2 Vex29's instead for half the price. The Vex's don't have a BEC, so you'll need one. My BEC of choice

I'd use the money saved on the Vex's to get a FS-i6 transmitter/receiver

It's a few bucks more. But all of mixing settings can be done on the screen, saving you the hassle of plugging it into a computer whenever you want to change something. The fs-i6 also allows you to store multiple profiles/receivers. So you can use the same transmitter for multiple robots.


I'd assume you'd plug the servo directly into your receiver. In that case you'd need a dedicated BEC anyway because the Scorpion was designed to only power a receiver with its small current supply of .01 amps. Not enough to power a servo. The BEC has a current supply of 3 amps though which is plenty.

Let me know if you have any questions on any of this. I'd be happy to elaborate more. :)

u/TeamFlightPlan · 2 pointsr/battlebots

If I was going to make a beetle crusher, I'd probably get something like this and strip as much weight from it as possible. I'm not sure it would be competitive- if you settled for just grappling and put the extra weight towards better drive it'd probably do better. But that's what I think it would take to get through the top armor of most beetles.

u/lmfaoftw123321 · 10 pointsr/battlebots

For elementary kids, I would highly recommend them checking out FIRST robotics. They have a lot of different age levels for robotic interest. Or if you don’t want to go through an organized group, check out LEGO Mindstorms for building robotics.
Finally, check this book out if you just want a general introduction to building robotics (see if a library has it first before buying it) Robot Builder’s Bonanza

Edit: If you have more questions on FIRST I’d be happy to answer them but this should be a good starting point

u/Coboxite · 1 pointr/battlebots

Here you goI'd still recommend ordering from the main site, they may have important information that's not detailed or is better formatted on their own site.

Hold on to the Nextrox motors, they could still be useful for lifting.

u/maverick_ninefingers · 8 pointsr/battlebots

Charles, thanks for mentioning that it's on Amazon Video! I had lost all hope of watching it legally this season and I hadn't seen this option mentioned anywhere else on this sub. I'll gladly pay $20 for a season - that's only a dollar an episode!

u/wiggly_jigglers_69 · 9 pointsr/battlebots

Watch for free here


Buy the season pass here

u/RazgrizSeed · 7 pointsr/battlebots

Looks like it's $3 per episode, or $20 for the season.

u/Camo5 · 4 pointsr/battlebots

get yourself a quality soldering station because temperature control is actually extremely useful. There are cheaper alternatives to the hakko f888 but everywhere i've been this particular station eventually finds its way into every electronics room.

u/InquisitorWarth · 1 pointr/battlebots

The SLA should be 12 volts. It's a standard size for lawnmowers.

Why do I get the feeling that you're trying to stick a car battery in that thing?

u/PP3D_Gary · 2 pointsr/battlebots

I use these

No pilot hole, tapping compound for coolant although you can do without and as slow a rotation as you can. Got one 10mm bit through 60mm thickness of hardox.