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CNC Part Creation Workflowby Michael Simpson The process of part design is covered this month.
BattleBots is Back, Baby!by Michael Mauldin The classic fighting robot tournament is back on the air waves, and is bigger and better than ever!
The Robots of Maker Faireby Camp Peavy After 10 years, this annual event continues to showcase some very cool automatons.
Analog Servos for Robotics by Eric Ostendorff In some ways, analog servos are the “unsophisticated brutes” of the robotics world. Thoroughly understanding their strengths and limitations can help you identify which things are better handled in hardware vs. software.
Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer by Steve Koci In this second installment, we’ll get back to the basics of animatronics discussing things like vocabulary, tools and materials, resources, and the physical construction process.
Robytes by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert Stimulating Robot Tidbits • Germbot Senses Humidity • Brickbot: Fast but Pricey • Thumbs Up! • Slip-On Robotic Feet
GeerHead by David Geer The TigerBot Evolution Continues See where the design, testing, and construction of RIT’s TigerBot V have evolved to now.
Then and Now by Tom Carroll The Robot Hut When it comes to robot collec tions, this unique museum is absolutely out of this world.
BattleBots is Back. Now What Do I Do? in Combat Zone: Features This article is meant to help ease you into the sport with some tips, clues, and warnings.
Building Better Bots: The Power of the Watt Meter in Combat Zone: Features So, you’ve mastered the calipers (even if you can’t quite seem to keep it turned off), figured out how to use the voltage and continuity dials on the digital multimeter, and are pretty sure you have the scale figured out (except for that awkward triple beam balance thing).
Small Bot Masters in Combat Zone: Features The places I fight bots have four weight classes: 30, 12, 3, and 1 pound. I am especially fond of the 1 lb.
BUILD REPORT Renewing Old Iron in Combat Zone: Features Ibuilt my first robot back in 2001. It was an Antweight (one pound) robot called 3-letter-word. After I finished the Ant, I decided to start on a simpler project and built my heavyweight (220 pound) robot named 4-letter-word.
BUILD REPORT Battle Hardening the Inside of Your Bot in Combat Zone: Features With robot combat, often the first things you’ll think about are the big parts — typically, the armor, weapon, and drive system.