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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Two year, and nearly 4 months after we started this mad project as a bunch of friends, who had no idea how to engineer themselves out of a mess of their own making….. We’ve made huge amounts of progress. That’s right folks – we’ve got Big Dave finally on the war path.  Sure, there’s no […]

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We managed a cheeky day in the workshop over the bank holiday. It can be summed up in one sentence; we have an antweight arena (well almost)! Chris has been hard at work at making the innovative antweight arena and I can I am impressed with the end product! It is very good to drive […]

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Progress – at least, in my head – continues at a good pace. We’re on track for being able to test & tune the robot at Extreme Robots Manchester, complete with weapon. However, a big sticking point on the build has been a rather simple one. Tyres. I thought I was going great – the […]

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Boing! has been progressing, albeit slowly. I’ve mainly been designing baseplates, realising that they’ll bend, designing another one…. you get the picture. It’s been a slow process, and with real life getting in the way once again, there has been no progress on the design of a high flow 5/3 solenoid valve that I am […]

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