Building Bots: Designing and Building Warrior Robots

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Chicago Review Press, 2003 - Science - 238 pages
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This is the definitive guide to designing and building warrior robots like those seen on BattleBots, Robotica, and Robot Wars. It walks robot enthusiasts of all ages step-by-step through the design and building process, enabling them to create any number of customized warrior robots. With a strong emphasis on safety, chapters include designing a robot, choosing materials, radio control systems, electric motors, robot batteries, motor speed controllers, gasoline engines, and drive trains. Clear instructions are accompanied by photos, line drawings, and detailed diagrams throughout. A color section showcases a variety of glorious fighting machines. For beginners, there is machine shop 101 and robot physics, and, of course, chapters on weaponry that include spinner robots, thwackbots, cutting blade robots, lifters, and chameleon robots. When the bot of their dreams is built, suggestions on where to compete and game-day strategies and tactics help readers take the next step. An extensive resource section lists parts suppliers, pertinent Web sites, a radio frequency chart, and a glossary.
 

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Contents

1 Safety
1
2 How to Design a Robot
7
3 The Parts of a Fighting Robot
25
4 Radio Control Systems
33
5 Electric Motors
45
6 How to Choose a Fighting Robot Battery
63
7 Motor Speed Controllers
73
8 Gasoline Engines
89
14 More Robot Weaponry
163
Flippers Grippers and Clamps
173
16 Game Day Strategy and Tactics
187
17 The Entrepreneurs Guide to Battling Bots
197
18 Getting Additional Information and Help
211
PARTS SUPPLIERS
219
RADIO FREQUENCY CHART 225
225
RULES FOR A TYPICAL ROBOT TOURNAMENT
227

9 Drivetrains
97
10 Material Properties
113
11 Building Materials
121
12 Robot Physics
141
13 Rotating Kinetic Energy Weapons
155
Glossary
233
Index
237
Back Cover
239
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William Gurstelle is the author of the bestselling Backyard Ballistics. He is also a professional engineer and a technogeek bot builder. Gurstelle and his sons build and compete in the growing number of regional competitions with their own Tosca and Weber the Grillbot. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
William Gurstelle is the author of Absinthe and Flamethrowers, The Art of the Catapult, the bestselling Backyard Ballistics, Building Bots, Whoosh, Boom, Splat, and Notes from the Technology Underground. He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is a contributing editor at Make magazine and writes frequently for Wired, The Rake, and several other national magazines. He can be contacted at nfttu.blogspot.com.

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