Note: Ali (the driver of Big Dave 3) is an archaeological geophysicist by day. Roboteer by night. World’s first archaeological roboteer? An email appeared in my inbox one day, which looked suspiciously like a spam email – it was in somewhat broken English, inviting me to contribute to a strange service and a financial reward […]

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G’day! Following on from my antweight design philosophy of having the most unusual bot in the arena and having screwed the chassis together, today I will go over my electrics. The first thing was sourcing the right components. Thankfully I have a Chris to rely on for advice. This included everything except for the wiring […]

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So now the design philosophy is sorted, I have now acquired some HDPE from a sustainable/ recycled source and can start cutting it to shape. After much whittling over what tools to use, knives turned out to be slow and occaisionally painful. Power tools are much better but obviously I have to be careful how […]

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Summary:Team ARC made a surprise appearance to Maidstone to bring Big Dave 3 to the arena for the first time! Reality:Team ARC made a surprise appearance to Maidstone to bring Big Dave 3 to the arena… only to find he (she? it?) is partial to eating its own tyres, so we didn’t get to test […]

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It’s cold outside, no kind of stratosphere I’m all alone, more or less, Let me flail, far away from here, Swish, swish, swish, in the ring, ring, ring. I want to push, crush and annihilate Taking dents out of your plates Twisted Nipplenuts nibbling at your bots! Swish, swish, swish, in the ring, ring, ring […]

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AWS 55 has been and gone. What happened*? We used ARC’s (read Chris’s) brand new Antweight arena and it worked! OK, the floor wasn’t perfect and the software threw a hiccup a couple of times, but other than that the actual event seemed to largely go off without a hitch. It handled 6 1/2 hours […]

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So, it’s the night before Antweight World Series 55. What is this, I hear you cry? And how come the other 54 iterations of said institution haven’t lit up the world yet? And how are going to remedy this situation? Antweight World Series is also known as AWS. As you can probably guess, there have been […]

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