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We are going to a folk festival

Yes you read the subject correctly, Blake robotics going to IVFDF at Sheffield University and we will be doing a workshop on the Saturday morning (24th Feb).  So if you like folk and combat robotics  (and we admit that’s one heck of a venn diagram), then come a join us.

A sense of balance

Those who watched the video of our weapons test, would have noticed the robot wobbled as the blade span up. This is because we had not balanced the blade, i.e. one half of the blade had more mass that the other half. This meant we had to balance the blade (add some weight to one… Read more »

Weapon test

We’ve been field testing our weapon.  This is the first time we’ve spun the blade up using the motors, all in all a successful test.  With only small tweaks needed to get it running nice and smoothly.  More videos to follow.

LED Board

We made a little LED driver board for doing our atmospheric lighting.  It’s got a little ATtiny on-board that handles all the effects like fade in and out.  We can control it over I2C from our Pi to change which effect it’s currently running.  If you want to check it out and make your own… Read more »

Pi motor control tutorial

We’ve added a tutorial on controlling a motor with a Raspberry Pi.   We hope some people find it interesting and useful.

What we’ve done this week

Lots of progress this week, we have placed a load of stuff in the frame to test everything fits (it does).  The first of our battery holders has been made, our drive speed controllers are now done (including a bunch of firmware modifications).  Our control system is now being tested and so far is working…. Read more »

It’s here

Today during my lunch I popped to the welders to pick up our now finished chassis.   Finally we have something to start connecting all the parts we already completed to.   The next few weeks will see a lot of visual progress now .

Ball transfer unit marinare

So here is a simple recipe if you wish to have lubricant free ball transfer units. That is point some roboteers will be be screaming “Why Why do you want lubricant free bearings, that’s the last thing you want, these people are idiots”, and while I accept we have had the odd genuine idiotic moment… Read more »

Smashy smashy

The team have all been waiting for the last week or two for our weapon bar to be cut, and at last it’s here.  We’ve had two cut which we have dubbed the fubar and artical 50.  The first name is what we hope it will do to other robots, and the second name relefects… Read more »

A bit about our robot

So far we’ve not given out too many details about our robot, which makes us feel a little remiss.   In-order to rectify this we’ve written up some of the details we are happy to make public prior to filming.  Those of you interested in such thing might well find this interesting. https://blakerobotics.org.uk/the-robot/