I love competing in Combat Robotics, The sport is better known as Battlebots. Below are a few of my robots. Follow along at https://www.instagram.com/teamfoodfight/ to see some behind the scene shots.
WAR Hawk 2.0 competed in the 2019 Season 4 of BattleBots that will air on the Discovery Channel. We'll post more photos and videos after our matches are televised to avoid spoilers.
The entire model was detailed out in Solidworks. A top-down build approach meant that small design tweaks would propagate to all parts of the model and made updating production files quick and efficient . The drive pod were designed at bolted together 6061 panels, this allowed for a good mixture of strength and serviceability as we could easily swap out damaged outer panels. The center frame was water jet from AR400 plate and welded together to form the different weapon modules of the robot. The welded construction here gave us a robust attacking front that could be quickly repaired with a grinder and welder in the pits.
Mad Catter competed in the 2019 Season 4 of BattleBots that will air on the Discovery Channel. It is the second robot I designed and helped at the 2019 BattleBots tournament. We'll post more photos and videos after our matches are televised to avoid spoilers.
Mad Catter was designed to be a budget friendly build and thus was primarily made of laser cut AR400 plate. This allowed for a low cost frame solution that streamlined the build process. Mad Catter houses 9 brushless motors and has custom gearboxes for all the subsystems. (Hammer, Lifter, Drive.) We packed a lot of function into the robot so lots of consideration went into how to layout and optimize components inside the frame.
A 250 lb vertical disk spinner that competed in the 2018 season of BattleBots. This robot was designed to be low cost, quick to manufacture, and easy to repair . The end result was a highly competitive robot that took less than 3 weeks to build.
Since this was a quick turn build. The frame was waterjet from only 3 thicknesses of AR400 plate and welded together to form the different modules of the robot. By simplifying the construction we were make an easily repairable and serviceable robot.
Known in English as Cat King, Cat King is a 110kg combat robot which competed in the debut season of This is Fighting Robots. While similar in architecture to WAR Hawk 2018. Cat King was actually the test platform for WAR Hawk and was used to iron out details for that build.
Clip of Cat Kings first few matches.
A 60lb drum spinner. Made out of 6061 aluminum and S7 tool steel. The robot has a completely brushless motor drive and weapon system. Each drive side consists of a NTM5050 outrunner motor and a custom spur and belt reduction built into the frame rails. This allowed the robot frame to remain as compact as possible as we were able to use the traditionally un-used space between the wheels for the gearbox.
An antweight (1lb) vertical spinner. Custom built from the ground up this has been my main combat robot. Pizza Slicer won bronze at its first ever Robogames competition. Robogames is the largest combat robotics competition in the world.
Video of Pizza Slicer competing at Robogames 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrfz69lVGcQ
An antweight drum bot. Hotdog Roller is a fun bot and does extremely well in rumbles when facing multiple robots at once.
A collection of other combat robots that I have made in the past.