I was watching a robot battle show with my friends and we thought it would be cool to make our own robot and enter it on the show to compete with other robots. We came up with some designs for the shape of the robot, figured out what the main weapon would be, and thought about what materials would be best to make the robot. We decided that it would be easier to use slot framing from an aluminum extrusion company, rather than trying to find random bits of aluminum to put together a frame, or casting our own.
Getting the aluminum frames for the robot was the easy part. A lot of the difficulty of constructing the robot came in programming it, and getting the main weapon to work without the robot flipping over. We also had to think of a way to get the robot to self right if it was ever flipped on its backside. When a robot is flipped upside down and can’t turn over, the referee counts the robot out after ten seconds and it automatically loses. Continue reading An Aluminum Body for an Artifical Being