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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by peterwaller » Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:43 pm

I have for some time been thinking about trying interchangeable weapons again as used in Variant.
I had a halfhearted attempt for the games event last weekend but with the possibility of helping a local school looming I thought the idea might be adaptable for that.
What I thought I would suggest was that they start with a basic box like module that holds the main parts such as the receiver, controller, motors, wheels, tyres, switch and batteries and then make slide on modules to produce the different robots.
Here is the basic module I have come up with based on Rory's controller. :wink:
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Here is a lifter module based on flippant that just needs the servo plugging in and then sliding into the basic modules slot.
https://youtu.be/rSgCCodK44c
Eventually I am proposing to try this on a more competitive robot.
One thing while getting a bit carried away with the idea I thought I could have a spare basic module in case of breakdown or damage but then you are effectively changeing the whole robot.
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by bot_bandit » Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:51 pm

The idea of the drive module is fantastic. can see this working especially well in schools but don't see why it couldn't be competitive too! It brings to mind the question whether two robots would be allowed to share one of these modules given that everything else stayed the same? It would allow for making multiple robots on a budget which is an advantage for some people.
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by BeligerAnt » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:00 pm

bot_bandit wrote:It brings to mind the question whether two robots would be allowed to share one of these modules given that everything else stayed the same? It would allow for making multiple robots on a budget which is an advantage for some people.
This question (although sort of in reverse) was asked a few weeks ago. The question then was whether 2 robots could share interchangeable weapons. The conclusion was that whilst it wasn't strictly prohibited in the rules it really wasn't within the spirit of the rules and likely wouldn't be allowed by an event organiser. I think sharing a drive train takes things even further - one drivetrain really is one robot, you can't treat it as two!
Nothing to stop you coupling the same drivetrain to different weapon systems for different events - which is precisely what Peter did for the Oxford Games recently.
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by bot_bandit » Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:49 pm

I recall that conversation which is why this question came to mind. Was wondering people's thoughts on the 'reverse' side of this situation!
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by peterwaller » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:58 am

Here is the first attempt at a more competitive module.
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And here it is with a possible weapon module still in the design phase.
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by peterwaller » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:50 pm

Made a few changes to the drive module and built a drum spinner module although it still needs a few changes.
Here are the two module separate.
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Here together.
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And here is the drum running.
https://youtu.be/_4M7ekbW64U
The drive is a bit slow even with the big wheels but that may not be a bad thing with my driving.
The Drum seems to get up to speed very quickly and some of you may remember the spring steel blades from an old walking version of Mutant.
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Rapidrory » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:03 pm

Very nice! What weight is the drum?
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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by peterwaller » Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:08 am

I had a a lot of problems getting the weight down on the drum I think its around 35gms including the blades.
The drum is made up of 3 blade carrier discs which are solid plus 4 hollow spacers and the motor and bearing adapters all printed in nylon and held together with 3 M2.5 studs.
There is a further 2 mm piano wire up the center which passes through each blade to center and retain it.

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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Reala » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:51 pm

The 3D Design work is impressing me. Sketchup still? Such impressive software...

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Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

Post by Spaceman » Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:54 am

How do you attach the motors in your drive units? Are they screwed in from the front?
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