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1/4” steel) was far too much overkill and forced the robot
way over weight. However, this ultimately proved fruitless
as its first match was against a robot named Predator
which featured a drum weapon made of hardened steel,
which bit very easily into the all-plastic Atrocious.
After one and a half shots, the robot was knocked out.
The damage can be seen in Figures 4, 5, and 6. The plastic
uprights and frame rails are cut into by the steel, as well as
the plastic pulley was exploded off of the drive wheel.
Unfortunately, that was the only fight Atrocious had at
Motorama as there weren’t any spare drive parts. However,
this was an opportunity since this event quickly showed
that my robot was ultimately not strong enough to
compete with these top bots.
The newer version of the robot — Atrocious Mk.
II (Figure 7) — has already been built and competed.
Its design was based off a 360° flipper with angled
3/16” thick AR400 steel and shock absorption
After its first competition, Atrocious Mk. II
achieved a second place and is now gearing up for
Motorama 2018! SV
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Figure 4. Figure 5.