Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Kaazmin » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:52 pm

Looking Great, is it detachable so it can be put on other robots?? also how protected is the back, is the armour you use strong. because if a spinner hits the back it might disable the whole robot.

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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Geoffreybath » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:12 pm

Does look very well done nice and compact

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Post by peterwaller » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:26 am

Its not really detachable as it is held in with double sided tape on this one.
Because the first two are for my granddaughters they are not full combat so are just in ABS they would need a bit more material and made in nylon for full combat.
The other granddaughter likes blue or orange but the sample of blue I had ran out before I finished so I mixed the two colours which worked out better than expected.
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Post by Geoffreybath » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:25 pm

The colours are very trendy :)

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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by peterwaller » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:04 pm

Just been updating Combatant my Anticyclone clone.
The weapon motor mount was too flexible causing the spinner blade to rub in various places stopping it from being effective.
Also on taking it apart I found the wheels were a little loose and had moved inwards where they were chewed by the blades.
The new chassis is much stiffer around the mount but due to the introduction of honeycomb at the rear I have saved 10 gms.
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The red dye came out much better using it stronger and for longer but I had coloured the tyres assuming it would be pinkish again.

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Post by peterwaller » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:29 pm

Combatant did reasonably well in the last AWS after a bad start.
I made the tyres too soft and when my robot was pushed sideways they deformed so much that my own spinner blade shredded them.
But once I obtained a couple of replacements from Alex things went a lot better.
Another slight problem was the amount of flex in the spinner motor mount due to it being nylon.
So I have done a further update printing it in polycarbonate and fitting a new spinner motor to try to improve this.
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Post by peterwaller » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:21 pm

Not exactly an Antweight but look what my daughter bought me for my golden wedding anniversary.
OK its not gold but it is shiny and really neat and all held together with tabs pushed through slots then bent over.
If you are not a starwars fan it is C-3PO and the leg, which is all I have built so far, is 60 mm long or almost an hour.(14 parts)
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It comes as two etched sheets.
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Post by peterwaller » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:27 pm

Many hours later.
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Post by peterwaller » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:23 pm

As I mentioned to a few of you at the last AWS I am writing a book about designing small combat robots and it seems to be progressing reasonably well but I am unsure about how to publish it. It would be aimed at people starting out in robots but also include the more technical side of the electronics and control system. I can just do it as an e-book but I don't know how many people have a colour kindle or other readers or who like me find print on paper easier, all be it more expensive, for this type of factual information. So I would be interested to know what do people think would be the best format even if they have no intention of buying a copy.

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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Derek Dudge » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:54 pm

Amazon/create space do a print on demand paperback service that goes 70/30 on the proceeds. I've used it before for a couple things and the finished product is a pretty nice quality.

The formatting etc for it can be time consuming but isn't especially technical.

Also it can be released on Kindle simultaneously.

Check out createspace's site.
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Paulmchurd » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:14 pm

Id definatly be interested in getting a few paperback /hardback copies for my school.

Would be an awesome prize for the winning teams.

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Post by peterwaller » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:16 pm

Cheers for that I noticed they did printed format when I was downloading the program for converting the file to Kindle format but hadn't looked further into it, I shall have to read more. The conversion program has a neat simulator so you can see what it will look like on a Kindle fire.
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Post by voorsk » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:10 pm

I've always preferred print to digital. I dunno why.. i just find it an easier read.

i think i would probably buy it. :)

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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by peterwaller » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:01 pm

Just about finished my latest creation, I haven't quite decided which name to recycle for it yet.
It's printed in the usual Alloy 910 Nylon with six small lathe parting off tools mounted in the drum at 120 degree offsets.
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Paulmchurd » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:21 pm

😯wow. Looks extremely well built. Have you tested the drum?

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