Meetings For Fall 2013: Tuesday and Thursday in Engr 118 at 5:00 p.m.
Meeting 2.25.2014

Meeting 2.25.2014

The 15-lb bot “BayBlade” was received back from machining and the majority of the assembly is complete! The electronics are the next concern, including the motor controller, battery packs, safety switch, and gaining communication with the controller.
Tournament in sight!

Tournament in sight!

Keeping busy over winter break, a few of us gathered to attend this month’s tournament hosted by the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) at Dunwoody Institute of Technology. We talked briefly with a few schools about their designs and observed as much as possible in preparation for the tournament. After seeing...
Thwack Bot - "BayBlade"

Thwack Bot – “BayBlade”

After a few months in design one of the two 15 lbs bot that we have been designing has passed the design phase.  In the final meeting of the semester this bot was dubbed “BayBlade” this is to be the official/unofficial name of the bot. This bot (the Thwack bot)...
Updated Design

Updated Design

The bot design started last year has changed in many respects.  The most notable is putting our wheels inside the frame.  This was decided to reduce the chance of having our drive system immobilized.  The cost however was slightly wider frame, about 1-2 inches.  The wheels chosen are Andymark Performance...
Mustachio Frame Weldment

Mustachio Frame Weldment

Over the last two months we have purchased aluminum and assembled the frame for our combat robot Mustachio.  Our university recently acquired an OMAX water jet that we were able to use to cut out the pieces for our frame.  Below is a shot of the bottom plate finishing being...
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Meeting 3.25.2014

Meeting 3.25.2014

The dual weapons are machined and successfully mounted on the sides of the bot “BayBlade”. In tonight’s meeting, we discussed and did troubleshooting for a redesign of the 15 pound drum bot. The redesign includes a boxier frame, as opposed to the wedge-style drum bot we were previously considering for our second 15-pounder.
12/12/13 Stock metals have arrived!

12/12/13 Stock metals have arrived!

Today, we got the majority of our stock metals in, including the aluminium tube frame, the steel weapon stock, and the aluminum drive system mounts. With the exception of the tube, the other pieces of stock will be cut and machined to fit our designs so we can begin construction immediately after winter break. With...

Meeting 10/8

Hashed out the final design for the weapon system on the drumbot. Next is some frame design adjustments and figuring out the internal components.

Meeting

We went down to “the cage” today and showed off the 120 lb bot. Then we did a quick intro to solid works for the new people and next meeting we will be reviewing everyone’s designs for the newest 15 lb bots.

Meeting 9.24.2013

After much debating and weighing of the pros and cons of many different types of possible bots for our 15 pounder, we came to the conclusion that we are going to go for two different bots. One of these will be a thwackbot and the other will be a drumbot. More specific design details will...

Meeting #2

Had another good turn out, plenty of good questions asked and set a deadline for the weapon system for the new 15 lb bot. Bret Cuda – webmaster/secretary

Kick off to the 2013-2014 academic year

The first meeting of the academic year was a fantastic turnout with many returning members, as well as a lot of interested newcomers. We went over an overview of what we are hoping for the upcoming year, which include keeping Mustachio coming along, but moving forward onto one (or more) 15 lb bot(s) that we...
Update 4.1.2013

Update 4.1.2013

Assembly continues on the drive system. Today, we got the bot rolling with adequate weight applied on the system. We were able to successfully mount the drive motors into place, as well as test them individually to verify they are in working order.

Update 2.19.2013

Hello again everyone! This week will mark the end of our design work and the beginning of assembly. We got the frame back from Barker’s Welding and we’re almost ready to go. My goal for this week’s meetings is to tie up every possible loose end we still have with the design. This means shaft,...

11.12.2012 Meeting

Meeting Notes: -Discussion of Mustachio 120lb robot drive system and weapon system -Open up to the group to design a new drive system using 18v dewalt motors -talk about weapon power output and torque calculations -view layout of Mustachio -end meeting

Meeting 11.5.2012

Quick Meeting Notes -Dropbox organization update -Group Financial update -Overview on easy power transmission, like belt and chains -Drive Motor considerations for 15lb bot

Meeting 10.22.2012

Meetings Notes: -Funding update -Review of armor types reactive types “like explosive panels” soft armor “softer ablative material, absorbs and dissipates energy” hard armor “prevent damage without breaking, protect components” no armor “lightweight option” -Rough weight analysis for 15lb bot Motors 3lb Frame 6lb Drum 3lb Wheels 1.16lb Electronics .75lb Misc 1lb -14.91 lb total...