Building Bots: Designing and Building Warrior Robots (Paperback)

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Building Bots: Designing and Building Warrior Robots (Paperback)


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This is the definitive guide to designing and building warrior robots like those seen on BattleBots, Robotica, and Robot Wars. It walks robot enthusiasts of all ages step-by-step through the design and building process, enabling them to create any number of customized warrior robots. With a strong emphasis on safety, chapters include designing a robot, choosing materials, radio control systems, electric motors, robot batteries, motor speed controllers, gasoline engines, and drive trains. Clear instructions are accompanied by photos, line drawings, and detailed diagrams throughout. A color section showcases a variety of glorious fighting machines. For beginners, there is machine shop 101 and robot physics, and, of course, chapters on weaponry that include spinner robots, thwackbots, cutting blade robots, lifters, and chameleon robots. When the bot of their dreams is built, suggestions on where to compete and game-day strategies and tactics help readers take the next step. An extensive resource section lists parts suppliers, pertinent Web sites, a radio frequency chart, and a glossary.
William Gurstelle is the author of Absinthe and FlamethrowersThe Art of the Catapult,  the bestselling Backyard BallisticsBuilding Bots, Whoosh, Boom, Splat, and Notes from the Technology Underground. He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is a contributing editor at Make magazine and writes frequently for Wired, The Rake, and several other national magazines. He can be contacted at
Product Details ISBN: 9781556524592
ISBN-10: 1556524595
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2002
Pages: 256
Language: English
“Handy how-to guide for turning your garage into a robot war zone.”  —The New Yorker

“For anyone who wants in on the metal mayhem.”  —USA Today

“For techie teens looking to tweak their talents during winter vacation, search no further.”  —Boston Herald

“In 10 years, it will be bigger than Nascar.”  —David Caulkins, president, Robotics Society of America