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3D Printing Our Way To Motorama 2015

Posted by Team AstroBot on January 15, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, it has been awhile since we have had any updates, so let's get right to it.  


The reason for this is that we have been waiting on a certain 3D printer manufacturer to ship us the printer that we purchased back in August 2014, which today we JUST received shipping confirmation on.Yes you read that right, 160 days for a product that was advertised as being 6 to 8 weeks (42-56 days). Needless to say this has caused some delays in our plans, which included a few bot events which we chose to skip since not having the printer.


With everything now going according to plan, we are registered for Motorama 2015 with (2) 3lb bots, Gemini & Scorpius. Seeing as we are left with basically a month until the event, it will be a push to get everything wrapped up, but we should be able to come through and participate in what looks to be a great event this year. 


~ Team AstroBot

Bot Blast 2014 Results

Posted by Team AstroBot on July 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Well we are back from Bot Blast and Gemini is still fully operational. Gemini got paired in a difficult set of brackets with an uphill battle.

First match was against Raspberry, a well engineered drum. Took a couple of big hits off the start and then the drum stopped working which let Gemini's wedges do their job which lead to a win.

Second match was against another drum from the same team as Raspberry, Counter Shock. Counter Shock's drive was having problems so we had a postponement. Coming back after the postponement Counter Shock's drive still had some trouble. I was able to avoid the drum side of the bot and had control for 95% of the match. About the last 20 seconds I ended up getting my wedge stuck inside my own robot which left the wheels off the ground and I got counted out.

Third match now in the losers bracket was against Slugger, an undercutter. My strategy going into this match was to rush him to stop the bar from getting up to speed. This worked well and I took a good hit or two but ended up causing Slugger to flip over.Gemini is low profile enough that I was under the blade now with no chance of being hit. So I controlled the match and and came away with a win.

Fourth match was against Raptor 2.2, a championship wedge. I was most worried going into this match because it was going to come down to aggression and driving ability. We went toe to toe the entire match trading control over each other. At 1 point I got stuck on the bumper and Dawson was kind enough to unstick me and we went toe to toe some more. This match went to the judges and Raptor 2.2 came out the victor. This was hard to swallow as it meant that I was done, but the judges made the right choice. I'm sure it was a difficult one to make.

All in all I am very happy with how the 3D printed parts held up in combat situations. Which means that I will be moving forward with the Aries design which I should be bringing to Motorama if all the stars align.

Good day today, and very happy to have met everyone, and I wish everyone the best with their repairs and new designs. Can't wait to see what we all bring to Moto!

~Bryant

Atmospheric Engine

Posted by Team AstroBot on April 4, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)
I came across this neat little engine and instantly thought it would be pretty cool to see this worked into a bot design somehow. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdW1DFyq-2k



This design comes from a February 1950's issue of Popular Science (Pages 206-212)




~ Team AstroBot

Aries Build Report

Posted by Team AstroBot on March 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Our new design, Aries, has been added. Be sure to check out the Build Report as we progress.


~Team AstroBot

Gemini Build Report

Posted by Team AstroBot on March 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (1)

And the Gemini Build Report page is up and running! Click the link below or go through the "Our Robots" page.

 

BUILD REPORT

 

~ Team AstroBot

Hello World!

Posted by Team AstroBot on March 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

HELLO WORLD!

 

This is our first BLOG post!! Look forward to more updates as we get rolling. This blog will be used to share any and all updates as we progress with any project and also any event info that we may have. All-in-all Looking to have a great time in the future!!

 

~Team AstroBot


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