Build Your Own Combat Robot by Pete Miles

By Pete Miles

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

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In this new version of the Gauntlet, the bots had to run through a diamond-shaped track. Both bots started at the same point but went in opposite directions. They had to crash through a number of obstacles on the first two legs of the diamond track, including a wall of wood, weighted cans, a wall of bricks, and then a cement wall. After all this destruction, the bot then had to crash through the debris field created by the other bot. Once the bot completed the diamond track, it then climbed a ramp to destroy a series of glass columns.

This means you’ll need to build a gearbox that can change the motor speed to the desired 840 rpm wheel speed. Here you will be faced with lots of options, such as spur gears, sprockets, belts, worm drives, and so on. In your search for motors, say you also found some gear motors—you pick a few motors, and then calculate what gear reductions you need to get the right wheel speed. At this point, you have several motor and gear options to choose from to get your robot to move at 20 mph. So, now you have to choose which combination you want to use.

Keep it as low as possible to improve stability. Okay, so you’ve determined your power requirements. Next, you need to know the current draw specifications from the robot motors. It is best to estimate this based on worse-case situations. The last thing you want to see happen is your bot stop in the middle of a match because it ran out of energy. Assuming that your bot is running at stall-current conditions all the time is the absolute worse-case scenario, but this estimate is unrealistic since stalling the motor for 5 minutes will destroy the motor.

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