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PostSubject: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:32 am

The Blender from Richardson High School in Dallas, Texas won the 2007 BotsIQ competition.









Make sure to read the bottom of E2V2. In case you can't make it out, it says "If you can read this, we're screwed."
Talk about an action shot.



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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:55 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:56 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:57 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:57 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:58 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:58 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:24 pm

A big part of the competition is luck. The Blender is a fantastic bot, but so many bots in the high school competition are WEDGES! They were going to make san francisco mandatory active weapon, but repealed that for the high school division...
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:38 pm

Dan Curhan wrote:
A big part of the competition is luck. The Blender is a fantastic bot, but so many bots in the high school competition are WEDGES! They were going to make san francisco mandatory active weapon, but repealed that for the high school division...

They shouldn't have. What's engineering a robot without innovation? I think it completely kills the meaning and purpose of Battle bots.

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:41 pm

I absolutely agree!
I hate wedges cause they're so unimaginative...
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:52 pm

Dan Curhan wrote:
I absolutely agree!
I hate wedges cause they're so unimaginative...

That's why we have to make sure the drum spinners and full body spinners own the competition.

In 07 (the year after E2V2 won) there were a lot of wedge robots because a wedge won the previous year. The next year, there were a lot of full body and drum spinners, and a few...interesting attempts at bar spinners, and that was simply because a full body spinner won the previous year. Hopefully we'll see some new concepts this year.

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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:11 pm

You have to admit the chunk of steel they call mighty knight is an awesome bot tho
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:53 am

isn't mighty night the bot with a 1/2" titanium wedge and huge aluminum blocks to ADD weight to it?
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:46 pm

Dan Curhan wrote:
I absolutely agree!
I hate wedges cause they're so unimaginative...

You haven't seen our wedges yet!! They have a secret "weapon"!! And they are far from unimaginative...
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:51 pm

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You haven't seen our wedges yet!! They have a secret "weapon"!! And they are far from unimaginative...

You're 100% correct. Our wedges are more imaginative than your spinners, ours has never been done before; your robots all pretty much have been done before, or at least, that type of robot has been done before.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:43 pm

Actually, SpiderPig's weapon has been done before, but as far as I know it has only been done once by a much smaller robot several years ago. Also, I don't think that one was quite as overpowered as SpiderPig...
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PostSubject: Robots being done before   Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:17 pm

If you have ever seen the inside of the blender, You would know that the way we spin it is far from unimaginative. and as far as I know, we where the first to do it and still one of the few who do it well. Considering that the blender has been around since 2002, when it was thought up, It was a HUGE step forward from what exsisted before.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:38 pm

Is it the same method used in Blender Mini? (dual friction-drive with suspension for optimal contact?)
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PostSubject: yep   Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:41 pm

Yeah, it is acomplished differently in Blender but the same basic concept. it takes all the forces away from the motors and gearbox. the wheels will actually do burnouts when we hit someone. The whole system acts like a slip clutch making eccentially a one way valve for energy. The spring pressure is always experimented with.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:51 pm

Ah, nice. Well, I can say with some certainty then that SpiderPig will not break Blender's weapon.

Although I'm increasingly uncertain if even one would be able to damage the other - the bits & pieces I'm getting from RE Robotics suggests it might make Mighty Knight look fragile by comparison. Hell, from just the chassis pictures alone I can already tell you it's more heavily designed than anything Bergen has put together up to this point in time.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:00 pm

Spider Pig reminds me of The Brick. I'm not too worried about spider pig because it is aluminum and Tool Steel vs aluminum is not good odds no matter how thick it is. We once broke through 3/4 stainless in the shop so 1 inch aluminum shouldn't be suck a large stretch.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:06 pm

Aha! Yet another person failing to make the distinction that chassis =/= armor plate! SpiderPig is a wedge - and none of the surfaces on the chassis in those pictures are angled. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:10 pm

I'm Not quite sure what you mean. Are you trying to say that it will have wedges on it too?
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:13 pm

Either that, or it's the first wedge-less wedge ever in Battlebots history.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blender   Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:57 pm

Jeff L wrote:
Either that, or it's the first wedge-less wedge ever in Battlebots history.

LMFAO!!! but then again...cuddlebunny was supposed to be wedge. now it is going to be a plow. who knows what decisions they have made for the 120 during spring break...
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