Rampage, my first combat robot, was created for and competed in
the 25lb weight class at Robot
Wars 1996. Backed with a shoestring budget from our department,
I built Rampage and advised a group of 10 UCSB
Engineering undergraduates with their 2 combat robots.
Footage of my robot and interviews with me appeared on a segment
of The Learning
Channel's Amazing America program. How'd I do?
Let's just say that Rampage was a learning experience...
Rampage's steel and aluminum body was powered by a
hobby R/C car drivetrain. Its weaponry consisted of 2 circular
saws mounted on the ends of spring-loaded arms designed to cut
the enemy robots. The entire structure was held together with
DETAILS : Going
on a mega-tiny budget, I used my old Tamiya
Frog R/C car drivetrain for power & steering. This drivetrain
was designed to scoot around a 3lb car, so it wasn't too happy
driving around a 17lb robot. I doubled the voltage to get more
oomph out of the motor, but it didn't take the abuse all too well--it
broke down in combat. The chassis baseplate was some hefty steel,
while the shell & arms were aluminum sheet metal, sheared,
bent, and welded. The weapon motors were Craftsman
14.4V power drill motors, with small Makita
circular saw blades. Putting power from the batteries to the drive
motor was a Novak
Rooster electronic speed controller, nestled behind that cool-looking
air scoop on the side of the body--it got super hot & needed
some air cooling.
Partially funded by UCSB
Mechanical & Environmental Engineering.