bots IN BRIEF
REACTORSAURUS GOES NUCLEAR
Have a nuclear power station problem? Call for Reactorsaurus, an oversized 75 ton waldo that is going to strip the 1950’s built
Dounreay defunct reactor by remote control. It has two robotic arms
with pincers and "roving photographic eyes." The seabed near the PFR
(Prototype Fast Reactor) will also be cleaned up as radioactive particles
were found in it. (Read visions of Simpsonesque creatures popping out
of the water.) At a cost of 2.5 billion pounds, the project is scheduled to
be completed by 2025.
In order to pull out the innards of the redundant reactor which
once fed power into the national grid, DSRL’s design engineers had to
come up with some pretty ingenious inventions since the reactor was
Reactorsaurus is a large traversing carriage which incorporates a set of two remotely operated manipulators with robotic
arms reaching 16 meters down into the reactor vessel. Activated from a central control room, these arms are able to operate
an array of size reduction and handling tools, such as diamond wire and disks, hydraulic shears, oxy/propane and plasma cutting.
There is an integral camera system built in the device, with six radiation tolerant cameras that will relay images and sound back
to the control room.Visit
www.dounreay.com if you just gotta find out more.
CAN’T BUILD? DRAW!
For those who cannot build, artist Keith Thompson has created a
unique book that teaches the basics
of drawing 50 robot designs with
over 200 illustrations. Once you have
a "starter" model, you can add to it
to make it your own. Learn to
create clockwork bots, insectoids,
shock-troopers, bipedal anti-tanks,
and more. Or, go into teaching.
The book is available for
purchase on Amazon.
It’s a good thing robots aren’t afraid of heights
because it looks like they’re
going to spend a lot of time
climbing up things. This snail
robot uses a rotating set of
vacuum discs to stick to
and climb vertical surfaces.
The back half of the bot is
modular, and can be swapped out for window washing, painting, carrying stuff, taking
pictures, or (in an emergency) rescuing people.
The robot doesn’t have any onboard power systems. Instead, a computer and
air compressor sit on the roof of the building and send commands, and vacuum
down pressure to the bot via an umbilical. The idea is that buildings will each get
outfitted with their own personal robosnail that lives on the roof and keeps
things looking pretty. While it’s mostly a concept, the relevant parts of the robot
(the climbing mechanism and the painting/washing tail) have been successfully
Cool tidbits and interesting info herein mainly provided by Evan Ackerman at www.botjunkie.com, but also www.robotsnob.com
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