PROGRESS: the granite blob-mill does appear to exist

Progress has been made on the granite-blob-mill. A lot has happened, and we will journey through the events of the last two/three months in chronological order. First, the Misumi rails showed up! They were expertly packaged and shrink-wrapped. They slide extremely well, with near-zero static friction. Compared to some other four point contact rails I […]

Part 3: Robot V2, Programming, and Wiring

Three weeks to go until impound. With the switched reluctance motor out of the equation and the rampbot (mostly) mechanically done, I began construction on the second version of the ramp climber robot. This robot would use two motors and be built out of more reasonable materials than acrylic. Two motors would provide more power […]

2.007: Cook Me Dumplings and Switched Reluctance (Part 2)

With the MCM robot done and running, I moved onto building the Rampbot. This was the part of the concept 9 design that deployed outside the starting box and allowed the MCM robot to climb the ramp. This ramp needed to start inside the starting box (blue lines), and then extend to the correct position as […]

2.007: Cook Me Dumplings, Destroyer of Worlds (Part 1)

This is the story of my experience building “Cook-Me-Dumplings,” the 2.007 2016 champion robot.  To date it is one of my most heavily thought-out projects. It was not just a robot, but rather a complex system of many parts that worked together. I sunk a great deal of time into this project but it was completely worth it. 2.007 is one […]