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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Rapidrory » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:47 pm

Smallest in antweights and fleas.. but there have been two Nano walkers :L I found 3 legs to be the optimum balance between smoothness and size, but yours seems pretty small as is.
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:46 pm

so, we were steadily making progress on the walker, when we realized we only had a week befor antweight open, snuck up on us rather quickly.
with a whole team to rebuild or entirely make from nothing.

Smart ant 3, new polycarbonate armor and new tracks

Smart Ant 4, new stainless steel front plate and new wheels

Smart Ant 5, brand new version 2, being printed at the moment, a few improvements like stainless steel front on the flipper and other internal features

currently non existent unnamed walking cluster, may be called Smart Flea 3 (or one of them will be) most the cad still to be done and some failing walker prototypes along with custom pcb's not working and broken code. so might not make it to antweight open but it is a very cool design, using the same servo as most antweight flippers these days, the turnigy s306g-hv,
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:24 pm

Having finished exams i've finally had some time to start to design some new robots.

Thanks to the great success of the walking mechanism used in SmartFlea 3's i'm basically going to use that walking design on lots of robots now for a few reasons, 1. because of the extra weight from being a walker, 2. prove that walkers can be competitive and aren't just a joke, 3. it's hilarious the way they drift around the arena. 4. because i can!

In a single day in cad i've come up with the basic cad for 2 new ants.
1. a sort of cross between SmartFlea 3 and SmartAnt 5, meaning a big flipper what walks.
2. a walking spinner that i've had the parts to build for years and never built.
i may end up designing more robots than i can actually build :)

The software for the SmartBoard is still progressing, its a long process......., also working on new means of controls like using a phone app or a xbox controler, these work using the bluetooth le 4.0 that we put on the board.

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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:57 am

now paused all antweight projects sorry guys.
however i am going to build a beast of a robot. not for any size category but about beatle in size ish.
do you want to see me post things on that project and where should i post them. not really right to put on the antweight section. but not for beatles either. as it will be autonomous maybe under the autonomous section of the forum?

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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby peterwaller » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:19 am

I would certainly be interested and the Autonomous section would seem the logical place for it.

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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Shakey » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:25 am

Count me in as an interested person!
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby BeligerAnt » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:44 pm

The autonomous section would be appropriate I would think, or you can put it in off-topic, regulars will find it if they're interested!
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:18 pm

The autonomous robot is still in progress, still designing the robot but will order the bits required soon.
but i've mostly been working on a antweight spinner,heading towards a design similar to a robot i think was called bulkhead?
basically a 3d printed metal horizontal bar. thanks to our new walking mechanism i can make walkers without many drawbacks and all the positives of the extra weight allowance.
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:34 pm

i'm sure i'll build that spinner one day......
but for now, hears a tease of what will be SmartAnt 7, possibly to be nicknamed Anti gravity
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:15 pm

well after aws 53, i have basically no robots left so, here are the plans for a whole new team of robots and a few more for the future.
starting with the spinner that i still haven't gotten around to building after several years of owning the parts to do so. a drum spinner with the new walking mechanism for extra weight. im probably going to cluster this with a nano, that does not walk, this needs clarification in the rules, if one part of a cluster is not a walker but the other part is, what weight is allowed????
i think i may call this odd combination, "Say Ello to ma little friend"
**cad still in progress**
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next comes SmartAnt 3, version 2. addition of a flipper and redesigned from the ground up.
**cad still in progress**
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now SmartAnt 5, version 2.1, the major parts that broke like the hinge have all been reinforced, other than that no major changes.
**cad complete, waiting to be printed**

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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:24 pm

the Smart Fleas, version 4 will be quite similar to version 3. but the other way round, servo behind the walking mechanism to make a better flipper, as we weren't happy with the way the flipper is on the version 3s.
**picture of cad of version 3, i haven't started version 4 yet.**
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and finally, last but not least. the return of......Mean Garden Pot!!
(a very old robot we made that walks by using suction cup feet connected to vacuum pumps and then rotating a foot at a time to 'walk', and it had a spinning garden pot as amour, i say amour as it never caused anyone else damage. last seen at AWS 39 i believe.) below is a very early basic cad of working out the best way to have the mechanism. it will probably still be fairly useless but hopefully just as awesome and funny and may actually cause some damage to someone else this time.
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby GeorgeR » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:58 am

That spinner looks good. Regarding the question about cluster weight limits, it's in the rules, but could be a bit clearer.
If only part of a cluster is a walker the weight bonus is applied only to the walking part. The allowed weight of the walker can be calculated by subtracting the weight of the roller from 150g, and multiplying the result by 1.5.

For example,
The roller weighs 30g.
150g - 30g =120g.
120g x 1.5 = 180g, the walker can weigh 180g.

You can also do this backwards, if the weight of the walker is known. Subtract the walker weight from 225g, and divide the result by 1.5.

For example,
Walker weighs 165g
225g - 165g = 60g
60g ÷ 1.5 = 40g, the roller can be 40g.
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