The robotic drum kit complete with bass
drum, snare, drums, and cymbals.
talents consist collectively in embedded technologies and
With the help of sponsors, the team has time to
work and play at robotics, demonstrating strengths in
computer science, mechanics, and electronics. The group
is adept at circuitry design and layout, mechanical design
and construction, and software design using open
TeamDARE has been building robots together since
before 2002, when they began in the Robot Wars
competition, going on to compete in the 2005 and 2006
Eurobot events. By 2008, the team had participated in the
Artemis Orchestra Contest which was the seedpod for the
robot band of today.
TeamDARE was adamant about creating a robotic band
that would be as entertaining as any human counterpart(s),
while using acoustic instruments that have not been
modified in any way.
The bearings come into play due to the rotating shafts
and the 24 electromechanical actuators the team used to
actually play the instruments. The mechanics of the robot
band are mounted directly onto the motors or gearbox
shaft in use whenever possible. This fully applies the load
capacity of the motor or the gearbox bearings. These are
typically grease lubricated shielded deep-groove bearings.
Behind a rack of
wires sits the
The pan flute provided the most demanding challenges
for the application of bearings. The flute’s base uses three
shafts that are concentric. This makes for a tight squeeze
for those bearings. The team used thin section deep-groove
ball bearings to satisfy these constraints.
The Robot Band and
The DARE in the team moniker is actually a clever
acronym for Daring Autonomous Robots Eindhoven, which
the team has used since 2005. The team is made up of
nine members from a variety of high-tech companies and
institutes in or near Eindhoven. Companies where team
members work include ASML, Philips Research, Prodrive,
CCM, DAF Trucks, The Mathworks, and the University of
Technology, Eindhoven — which all of the team members
attended at some point.
More specifically, the team member’s expertise comes
from working in lithographics at ASML, corporate research
at Philips, electronics design at Prodrive, and mechatronics
TeamDARE is rooted in the appearance of some of its
members at Eurobot in 2001. Their entry helped to fulfill an
internship at the university. The team was comprised of
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