Friday, March 18, 2016

Building for BattleBots - with Team Caustic Creations

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By Gabriel Staples
Written: 18 March 2016
Last Updated: 24 March 2016 - added BattleBots 2015 Championship sample video

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Our ground robot & drone (multicopter) builds for BATTLEBOTS: follow us on social media via the links below!

(What is BattleBots? - here is a sample video below of the championships from last year)

So, aside from my IR remote-controlled car horn/siren project, about which I posted a couple sample videos previously, I have undertaken a new project recently: building an air vehicle for the hit robot fighting TV series, BattleBots, which will be hosted by ABC this year. You can see a sample episode above, which is the final championship fight from BattleBots 2015. I was not a part of that event. For BattleBots 2016, however, I will be participating by building a secondary, fighting drone/air vehicle which will fly and shoot fire.
(see some of my preliminary flamethrowing trials below)

It will be the aerial side of a two-vehicle fighting duo. Other individuals on our team are building the ground vehicle, which will be the main robot with the real punch. It has some serious fighting power. The air vehicle is more of an air distraction, and will perhaps be able to counter other air vehicles, and maybe cause some damage to the enemy ground vehicle. It is the less-powerful of our two robots, as it will weigh <10 lbs, whereas the ground vehicle will be approx. 240 lbs. Here is a preliminary shot of a test air vehicle below. I still have a lot of work to do to get something like this battle-ready!

I have posted a few sample videos and photos throughout the build process, and will continue to do so, as will other members of our team Caustic Creations.

You can follow our progress and builds via the following links & social media sites:


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