I’ll admit it — I am way behind of where I normally am robot-wise at this time of year. At this time last year, I was spending the better part of my weekends toiling over the mill trying to get Coercion done and troubleshooted. This year, much of the time I would have spent building robots has been dedicated to visiting my dad in the hospital over an hour away, as he has been very sick. Still, Motorama is about a month away and it will not wait for me. It’s time to get some robots built.
I have already designed Cannon and Coercion’s new blade (with some slight changes from the original post). Cannon’s blade and Coercion’s blade will be fabricated by Team Whyachi, since I am not overwhelmingly comfortable machining neither titanium nor S7. I don’t consider our mill’s CNC reliable enough to machine a hundred dollars worth of material at once. Besides, the S7 blade needs to be heat-treated to avoid another Bot Blast debacle (the blade bending 30 degrees).
Here’s what will need to happen over the course of the next month:
- I will need to receive Coercion’s blade and Cannon’s beater from TW.
- I will need to CNC mill Cannon’s body.
- I will need to create some blade hubs on the lathe.
- I will need to fashion and harden an S7 weapon shaft for Cannon.
- Lots of testing.
- Ordering a few new parts.
Overall, it should be manageable. There are a few three-day weekends coming up that I can completely dedicate to “botting it,” and there is still a month until Motorama. The race is on. Let’s hope it ends in a trophy…
The good news is that I converted all my SLDPRT drawings for Cannon’s sides into DXFs, then created GCode from the DXFs today.