Hello! My name is Steve and I am the lead behind the combat robotics team Buzzkill Robotics. This will be the second event that I've competed at thus far. I am entering the Battles at Maker Faire Orlando combat robot competition with Bolt Harvester, a one-pound, two-wheeled, combat robot armed with an S.S.-304, angled, spinning bar. It is primarily made out of a material called PCTPE manufactured by taulman3D and all of the parts were printed on a Prusa i3 mk3 3D printer. This is the fourth version of this robot and the second version to reach a combat-ready stage. I'm looking forward to showing off what this bot can do and hopefully not fail miserably.
I've included two videos of the old design competing at an event in Stuart, FL, earlier this year. As you can see, the design is MUCH different now than its predecessor, but it shows what I think I learned from competing in Stuart. The big takeaways were (1) to NOT use PLA plastic for the chassis because it will break into bits and (2) discovering that I needed stronger motors to prevent me from losing a pushing match. This new design solves both of those issues and more. I've gone for custom wheels for better traction and the whole machine still works inverted due to the swivel mechanism implemented on the weapon brackets. All in all, a great improvement and a testament to iterative design.
See you all on the 2nd week of November!
This page is for my combat robotics team that only consists of me, at the moment. I’m an alumnus of the University of South Florida and I’m an avid maker. I’ve built remote-controlled lawnmowers and a spot welder out of parts from an old microwave, so this seemed like the natural next step. I want to design things that the public can see and…well…see how they do. It will be great to see how others build things to meet the needs of others. That’s the real reason behind joining the Maker Faire group. I enjoy what I do and want to join others who think the way that I do.