We get a combat bot veteran to talk about the different weapon types for fighting robots.
We interrupt your regularly-scheduled Enginursday for a special bulletin: Combat Bots! Rawr.
While I have no experience creating my own fighting robot platform, I was thrilled when Jamie Leben (IT-Works, Loveland Creator Space) agreed to talk about different weapon types on camera. On this week's "Adventures in Science," we go over the five basic weapon categories that you'll find in many combat bot competitions (caveat: this assumes no projectile/flamethrower weapons).
To summarize, the basic weapons can be categorized as follows:
These weapon types apply to most combat bots, but in this video we're specifically looking at 3D-printed "plastic ant" bots, which can be a great way for students to safely try making their own combat bots -- with saw blades of the plastic variety. If you're interested in checking out the rules and registration for combat bots at SparkFun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, check out AVC's main page: https://avc.sparkfun.com/
Do you have experience with combat bots? What's your favorite weapon type and why? Let us know in the comments below.