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COMPETITIONS/ORGANIZATIONS

  • BattleBots: 8 events since 1999!
    • 1999 Long Beach: Dr. Inferno and Missing Link battled mightily
    • 1999 Las Vegas: Slugger slugged mightily
    • 2000 San Francisco: Missing Link & Dr. Inferno Jr. fought mightily
    • 2000 Las Vegas: Dr. Inferno Jr. combatted mightily
    • 2001 San Francisco (May): Dr. Inferno Jr. won the lightweight division, Towering Inferno hammered mightily
    • 2001 San Francisco (November): Dr. Inferno Jr. won the lightweight rumbles, Towering Inferno scuffled mightily
    • 2002 San Francisco (May): Dr. Inferno Jr. won the lightweight division, Towering Inferno warred mightily
    • 2016 Los Angeles (April): The Disk O' Inferno danced with the best of them
  • BotBash: Annual Phoenix, AZ event
    • 1999: Dr. Inferno won 3rd place in 12.5kg class, Missing Link won 3rd place in 23kg class
    • 2000: Overpowered Box won 2nd place in the middleweights, Missing Link tied for 3rd in points in the heavyweights, Tesseract took 3rd place in demos
    • 2001: New 12lb lightweight Hell On Wheels debuted
    • 2002: Same-O Inferno won the antweight division & Lame-O was mid-pack, 13lb Hell on Wheels brought up the rear
  • RoboJoust: low-key robot scuffles in a Vegas trailer park!
    • 2002: Lame-O Inferno & Same-O Inferno swept with a 1-2 finish!
  • Robotica: The Learning Channel's take on the X-Games of extreme robot sports
    • 2001: Mini Inferno was infernally mighty
  • Robot Wars UK: the #1-rated show on the BBC, catch it on PBS in the USA
  • Robot Wars US: where it all started, now defunct...
  • Sozbots: new 1-pound antweight competition--several competitions a year!
    • 2002: Lame-O Inferno scooped mightily to 4th place at Sozbots 1.2 in July!
    • 2002: Lame-O & Same-O Inferno ended up midpack in Sozbots 1.3 in August...
    • 2002: Same-O Inferno won Sozbots 1.4 in September!
  • Steel Conflict : new Los Angeles competition
    • 2002: Hell on Wheels, Lame-O Inferno, & Same-O Inferno conflicted mightily

OTHER COMPETITORS

  • Team Coolrobots: Christian Carlberg and his non-uncool robots
  • Robotcombat.com: Jim Smentowski and his thorough links and news, plus the world's biggest combat robot parts store
  • Team Delta: Dan Danknick and his detailed robot-building pages
  • Mutant Robots: Donald Hutson's mutated fighting robots

ROBOT RESOURCES

  • 4QD: maker of beefy electronic speed controllers
  • All About Circuits: engineering calculator tools, other electrical engineering educational resources
  • All Electronics: new & surplus electronics--an adventure!
    • I've purchased electronics for hobbies and for Star Trek Borg suit lighting effects from All Electronics
  • American Science & Surplus: a little wacky, but some goodies
    • I've bought all sorts of small tools and toys from AS&S--just reading their print catalog is enormously entertaining!
  • C & H Surplus: awesome surplus store--never know what you'll find!
    • BWEI's and Missing Link's drivetrain motors come from C & H
  • Craftsman: my favorite maker of tools, a division of Sears Roebuck
    • Almost all of my tools, Missing Link's gas engines, Dr. Inferno's drill arms, Dr. Inferno Jr.'s reciprocating saw, Rampage & BWEI's weapon motors & batteries are from Craftsman
  • Custom Circuit Boards: full in-house manufacturing capabilities for high-quality prototype printed circuit board projects
  • eBay (industrial equipment page): find sweet deals on all sorts of hardcore tools and parts
  • E = 0 Designs: Dr. Inferno ]|[ uses Ragebridges for drive & weapons, & The Disk O' Inferno used Ragebridge 2s for the tail weapon
  • EEWeb Online Scientific Calculator: EEweb.com's online scientific calculator is free. They also have some other online tools for Engineers.
  • Futaba: the premier name in radio control
    • Almost all Infernolab robots have been controlled by Futaba transmitters & receivers
  • Grainger: another huge catalog, with many items for your shop & bots
  • GoEngineer: the biggest value-added reseller for SolidWorks, amazing CAD software that I used to design parts of Dr. Inferno Jr. & Hell on Wheels, as well as the entirett of Disko Inferno & The Disk O' Inferno, not to mention other fun projects & some robot stuff that I designed that's sitting on Mars right now...
  • Harbor Freight: inexpensive discount tools
    • Dr. Inferno Jr., Overpowered Box, & Mini Inferno's drive motors were from Harbor Freight, as were the Doctor's circular saws
  • JMAC Supply Corp Robot Reference: a whole bunch of robot links!
  • Kinematic Models for Design, Digital Library from Cornell University: a whole bunch of clever mechanisms!
  • LEGO: the best tool for small-scale robots and prototyping, especially the Mindstorms kits
    • 2A & Tesseract remote-control fighting robots were made from LEGO, as were 2 Towering Inferno prototypes
  • LUGNET: LEGO Users Group--best unofficial resource & lots of discussion newsgroups
  • Lynxmotion: lots of cool kits and parts for small robots
  • MatWeb: enormous database of materials--compare strengths, densities, etc.
  • McMaster-Carr: huge catalog of everything!
    • So many of my parts came from McMaster-Carr that I can't even begin to list them...
  • Mondo-Tronics Robot Store: fun small kits & toys--good for learning
  • Mouser Electronics: all the electric and electronic stuff you need
    • Lots of tools and materials, plus most of Dr. Inferno's, Missing Link's, & Dr. Inferno Jr's batteries and chargers came from Mouser
  • Mr. Tentacle's Torque/Amp-Hour Calculator: Steve Judd's cool utility to help pick motors & batteries
  • Novak Racing: makes hobby speed controllers, good only for very small robots
    • Speed controllers for Rampage & BWEI were Novak Roosters that took a beating and still work
  • NPC Robotics : make & sell great motors/gearboxes/etc for bots of all sizes--great support, too!
  • Online Metals: great source for metals and plastics in small quantities--good prices, too
  • Power-Sonic Batteries : decent, inexpensive rechargeable batteries and chargers
    • Dr. Inferno, Missing Link, Dr. Inferno Jr., & Mini Inferno all run off of Power-Sonice gel cells
  • PTC: Parametric makes powerful Pro/Engineer CAD software, great for designing bots
    • Towering Inferno was designed entirely in Pro/Engineer before being built
  • Robot Science & Technology Magazine: print and web robot mag
  • Robot Books: excellent resource for handbooks, references, kits, toys, etc.
  • Rolling Robots: local Los Angeles stores where you can buy kits, build bots, have birthday parties, compete, etc.
  • Sewell Robotics Connection: a good catch-all set of links
  • Specialty Tool and Bolt: every type of fastener you can imagine and much much more
    • Specialty Tool supplied me with all the bits to assemble Towering Inferno, Dr. Inferno, and Hell on Wheels, and lots of other goodies
  • Team Delta: Dan makes and sells handy dandy electronics stuff geared toward combat robots
    • Dan's various electronics & hardware have made it into many of my bots
  • Tekin Electronics: makes hobby speed controls, good for very small robots
  • Tower Hobbies: the biggest remote-control catalog out there
    • All my radio equipment and accessories, plus many more goodies, came from Tower
  • Vantec: popular maker of awesome robot electronic speed controllers
    • Dr. Inferno, Missing Link, Dr. Inferno Jr., Mini Inferno, & Towering Inferno are all driven through Vantecs
  • VEX (Innovation First): producer of high quality robot control systems for FIRST (and combat) competitions
    • Dr. Inferno Jr.'s weapons and drivetrain were changed over to Victor 883 speed controllers, The Disk O' Inferno used VEX Victor BB controllers for the drive motors & disk weapon mtor

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