New InfernoTV videos, added Dr. Inferno IV project & gallery
pages, updated, many gallery pages
Added new Educational Outreach project & gallery pages to
document my efforts to get today's youth excited about engineering
Updated the Video Games project page w/ new (& old) projects,
made a new Video Games gallery page to detail arcade, console,
& pinball efforts
SolidWorks World 2017 & GoEngineer's Shape Your World tour
2 new bots: the Disk O' Inferno & Dr. Inferno ]|[, Facebook
photo albums, more fan submissions
Inferno LEGO sets for sale
Disko Inferno pages published
Inferno Jr. CD singles are back in stock & for sale
I started a YouTube channel with about 150 robot videos
Back on TV with fighting robots!
News: The blow-by-blow retrospective
of 4 years of solid robot fighting: 1999-2002
added to the
Infernolab YouTube channel many videos, including
Drawbots school projects, Halloween bots (bot-o-lanterns for
Botoween), Christmas bots (treebot & presentbot), &
the first weapon spin-up tests of Dr. Inferno IV in the BattleBots
latest in the Dr. Inferno lineage has been documents. Dr.
Inferno IV (great-grandson of Dr. Inferno) came together this
year. Dr. Inferno IV project
Inferno IV gallery page. I also had long-overdue updates
for many other galleries:
Dr. Inferno ]|[
gallery now has educational outreach, a hot dog restaurant
BattleBots party, dressing up for mutliple Halloweens &
Christmases, & BattleBots 2019.
Disk O' Inferno
gallery now has educational outreach, a hot dog restaurant
BattleBots party (yes, the same one--how many hot dog restaurant
BattleBots parties could there be!??!), & Halloween props.
added a ton of images to the Fan
Gallery, including drawings, models, & even a
custom video game level!
INTERESTED IN AN
ENGINEERING/ROBOTICS TALK/DEMO/PROJECT AT YOUR SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION?
CONTACT ME TO LEARN MORE!
had a love of teaching for decades. My desire to be a professor,
like both of my parents, led me to pursue my PhD degree. Although
I didn't become a real professor, I love teaching youth
about engineering and robotics, exposing them to some tangible,
hands-on experiences that I hope will encourage them to pursue
first experience was with grade school students in 2002, while
a graduate student at UCSB, fresh off of winning BattleBots
a few times. My most recent experience was 2 months ago with
a local Cub Scouts troop. My next experiences will be some
presentations & robot builds for local schools & a
Girl Scouts troop early next year.
with 2 young kids of my own, I want to contribute to their
educations, schools, clubs, etc. When reaching out to discuss
my engineering & robotics offerings, I kept finding myself
struggling to explain what sort of services I could offer,
& I found that I was always having to scrounge around
for links or images or attachments to help explain.
no more! I have documented my Educational Outreach efforts
in a new Educational Outreach
Project Page & a new Educational
Outreach Gallery Page. Enjoy!
Expanded a lot on the existing Video
Games Projects page & made a band-new Video
Games Gallery page, including:
of the custom mods I made for my MAME cabinet: Star Wars Yoke
Mount (SWYM), Virtual On rewiring & custom plug &
mount, Infernolab logos engraved on spinners & steering
wheels, cabinet art, front end GUI, custom laser-cut gear-shaped
joystick dust washers, etc.
& repairs & repros for home console video games, including:
prosthetic hand for NES R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy),
custom machined Vectrex joystick bats, & a multi-prongs
effort to recreate for the elusive 3D Imager the even more
elusive color wheels.
mods, including: Tron lighting, light cycles, & custom
cut hidden vinyl "FLYNN LIVES" stickers to subtly
transmit their image during key parts of gameplay; custom-painting
& headlighting the drab VW microbus in Junkyard, &
modding/repurposing a Cliffy lane drop protector as an anti-hangup
feature to improve a factory design oversight.
SolidWorks World 2017 gallery, GoEngineer's Shape Your World
2017, new bot albums uploaded to Facebook.
World 2017 gallery.
has an annual event called SolidWorks
World. Part conference, part training, part networking,
part party, part trade show, all engineering. I've attended
many times, taken many classes, taken certification tests, etc.
It was a great experience every single time. The Infernolab
& many other bot teams displayed their bots & even ran
a 15-pound student bot competition lilve to a crowd of thousands
of engineers, under the guidance of our very own Richard Loehnig.
Needless to say, this was the best SolidWorks World ever. :]
Shape Your World 2017 gallery.
value-added reseller of SolidWorks & other engineering software/hardware,
has an annual tour of events that showcases their products &
their support skills. It's called Shape
Your World They take a model of a product & put
it through various wringers (stress analysis, rendering, machining,
3D print, etc.).
year, we collaborated to have them use the The
Disk O' Inferno data set: 3D CAD models, 2D drawings,
support files, etc. It was great seeing their experts use my
data in so many ways.
tour launched here in Orange County. At this kickoff event,
I brought The Disk O' Inferno, Dr.
Inferno ]|[, & Towering
Inferno, as well as my 3 giant nuts. We kicked off the
event with a pre-recorded interview of me explaining how I used
SolidWorks to create The Disk O' Inferno. Then, I gave a presentation
chronicling my 20 years of combat robot design. I've come a
long, long, long, long.....rather long way since Rampage.
bot event photo albums uploaded to Facebook:
(at the Robotics Society of America Robot Fair & Expo)
1.2. Burbank, CA
5.0 Facebook album
4.0 Facebook album
3.0 Facebook album
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:
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
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
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
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 Facebook 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!
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.
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! :]
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!
put all of my robot videos on-line at YouTube. Please
visit the Infernolab
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