potential sponsors how and where
their name will be visible, such as
on team T-shirts, websites, You-Tube
videos, and of course, on the
bot. Show examples of where
newspapers, magazines (say SERVO
three times, loudly), and TV news
programs have covered events.
Showing videos from fights is
important. Make sure the videos
show enthusiastic crowds.
Include your annual budget on
your folder. Include the total cost of
building, fighting, and repairing your
bot, marketing items like T-shirts,
travel costs, entry fees, etc. Don’t be
afraid to show the total cost. They
can always fund part of the cost
instead of the whole, but going
back for more money later is difficult.
It will be difficult to get cash
from sponsors without a proven
track record. However, parts or
machining time are much more
likely. Don’t give up after getting
turned down a few times. Evaluate
what you’re doing and keep going;
this takes a lot of effort.
The next installment of this
summary will get into the nuts and
bolts (literally!) of combot design:
calculations, optimization, building
and testing, structures, armor, and
drive types. This short summary
covered 16 pages of dense and
fascinating material. SV
All material used with permission of RioBotz,
Marco Antonio Meggiolaro.
A well designed brochure can elevate a team
from “begger” to “sponsored.”
Completed and Upcoming Events
Completed Results for
March 16 to April 12,
and 28, Brisbane, Queensland.
Upcoming Events for
RoboGames will be held June
12-14 in San Francisco, CA.
Go to www.robogames.net for
more details. SV
PARTS IS PARTS:
Banebots P60 1: 16
Gearb x Review
My P60 gearboxes have arrived
and so far, they look very
promising. The overall machining
quality is vastly improved when
compared to the Chinese produced
versions. All the mounting holes on
my gearboxes are in exactly the
● by Nick Martin
right spots where the CAD drawings
say they will be.
Compared to the 42 mm
gearboxes they replace, the P60
has a very similar 1/2” output shaft
that reduces to 3/8” at the front
bearing. The reduction point is
PHOTO 1. P60 (center)
with the 36 and 42 mm
gearboxes it replaces.