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  • 08.25.2016: 2 new bots: the Disk O' Inferno & Dr. Inferno ]|[, Facebook photo albums, more fan submissions
  • 02.17.2012: Inferno LEGO sets for sale
  • 02.12.2012: Disko Inferno pages published
  • 01.03.2012: Dr. Inferno Jr. CD singles are back in stock & for sale
  • 11.23.2011: I started a YouTube channel with about 150 robot videos
  • 10.25.2011: Back on TV with fighting robots!
  • Old News: The blow-by-blow retrospective of 4 years of solid robot fighting
  • 2002 News: Archive of news from 2002
  • 2001 News: Archive of news from 2001
  • 2000 News: Archive of news from 2000
  • 1999 News: Archive of news from 1999

08.25.2016

An all-new bot: The Disk O' Inferno. The heaviest, strongest, fastest, most complicated, most ambitious, most deadly, and definitely the most expensive fighting robot that I've ever made. Most details are on the project & gallery pages, but here are some highlights:

Created the all-new CAD design in SolidWorks over lunch breaks, after putting the kids to bed, & during any other opportunities. Other hobbies all were put on hold; sorry, pinball machines & video games! Made thorough, professional-grade drawing package, bill of materials, & cost spreadsheet, not to mention the logo & art for stickers, t-shirts, team outfits, banners, etc. The other half of the core team was Richard Loehnig of NTMA, who handled material acquisition, machining, finishing, assembly space, etc. Rounding out the team for the final crunch & for the event were robotic talents Ross Hironaka & Mark Liu.

Also absolutely crucial to meeting the build deadline, the budget, & the lofty standards required to be competitive in today's world of fighting robot are Sponsors! We obtained a record-setting 19 sponsors who were all pivotal in getting The Disk O' Inferno together. Please visit the Sponsorship page, review the generous companies & individuals who helped us, & see if they are also good fits for your projects, robot & non-robot alike.

The event consumed the 2nd half of April, & the show started airing in May. It's due to wrap up in September. I can't tell you who won, but I can tell you that we didn't win. It was quite an experience, but I think I'll focus on saner pasttimes for a while, like pinball & fixing up the house. :]

 

Dr. Inferno begat Dr. Inferno Jr. Dr. Inferno Jr. begat Dr. Inferno ]|[. The all-new grandson in the most educated line of combat robots appropriated his father's torso & weaponry. However, he sits atop a smaller & more compact base, he sports a skimpier plastic robot outfit (Radio Shack Robie Junior vs. TOMY Omnibot), & inclusion of the classic skirts are up for debate. Based on a kit intended for 15 lb competitions, this is a smaller bot that I wanted to put together with my boy in the garage, to teach him the joy of building bots. He's a work in progress. He's been a work in progress for over 1.5 years. There's not much left to do on him, but with no competition deadline looming, & with other distractions, this has been a leisurely record-breaking build...my record for Longest Time to Build a Bot has been shattered, especially when you consider that I started with a kit for the base & that I reused the top half from another bot!

 

The Infernolab now has social media presences. A few Infernolab tweets, an Infernolab Facebook page, & many albums of events past. List of albums as of this time (many more on the way soon!):

    1. LEGO Mindstorms Mayhem, E3 Trade Show 2001 Facebook album
    2. BattleBots 2.0 Facebbook album
    3. BattleBots 1.0 Facebook album
    4. The Missing Link on Grownups Facebook album
    5. Tesseract Build Facebook album
    6. BotBash 2000 Facebook album
    7. BattleBots Pay-Per-View Facebook album
    8. BattleBots 99 Long Beach Facebook album
    9. BotBash '99 Facebook album
    10. Missing Link Build Facebook album
    11. Dr. Inferno Build Facebook album
    12. LEGO Mindstorms Robogladiators Facebook album
    13. SORC Meeting 1998 Facebook album
    14. Robot Wars 1997 Facebook album
    15. Robot Wars 1996 Facebook album

The Fan Gallery has many new submissions as well!

02.17.2012

A fan of LEGO since a wee lad, I sought a way to marry my love of LEGO & robots. Inspired by my pal Peter, who made LEGO models of his Team Sinister robots, I decided to make LEGO mini models of the most popular Infernolab robots, as well as a minifig that looks like me! Creating a LEGO mini model is a challenging exercise of trying to use as few pieces as possible to make an accurate representation of something. I spent a long time trying different designs, optimizing the set designs, making print & video instructions, making packaging, and setting up PayPal payments.

Finally, Inferno LEGO is ready for sale in the Infernolab Shop. I'm launching with special introductory prices on my initial inventory. Prices will rise later--act now! :]

02.12.2012

Disko Inferno pages are up! Visit the Disko Inferno Project & the Disko Inferno Gallery. I'm slowing down--I built this robot 7 years ago!

01.03.2012

Dr. Inferno Jr. theme song CDs are back in stock in the Infernolab Shop. Many thanks to musician Eban Schletter at Netherota Records for replenishing my inventory!

11.23.2011

I put all of my robot videos on-line at YouTube. Please visit the Infernolab YouTube channel.

10.25.2011

So, the guys over at Spike TV on Auction Hunters found some fighting robots in a storage crate that they won in a bidding war in an auction. They needed some experts to evaluate, appraise, & test the robots. Enter me & my pal Chuck from Team Raptor. We spent all day playing with robots with the hosts of the TV show...then we immediately boarded a plane & jetted to Vegas for Chuck's 3-day bachelor party. What a weekend!

OLD NEWS

2002: archived 2002 News page

 

2001: archived 2001 News page

 

2000: archived 2000 News page

 

1999: archived 1999 News page

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