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 &
but here are some highlights:
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.
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.
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. :]
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!
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!):
Mindstorms Mayhem, E3 Trade Show 2001 Facebook album
2.0 Facebbook album
1.0 Facebook album
Missing Link on Grownups Facebook album
Build Facebook album
2000 Facebook album
Pay-Per-View Facebook album
99 Long Beach Facebook album
'99 Facebook album
Link Build Facebook album
Inferno Build Facebook album
Mindstorms Robogladiators Facebook album
Meeting 1998 Facebook album
Wars 1997 Facebook album
Wars 1996 Facebook album
has many new submissions as well!