In Part 1 of this series, I covered the design process for my new Fairyweight Drum Bot, “Fachan” (an evil Scottish fairy). The basic design can be seen in Figure 1. In this second part, I’ll cover the sourcing and
manufacturing of the major parts.
The most complex part of the design is the drum itself.
Originally, I intended to machine this myself, but my life got
busy (we installed a new kitchen in our house and also bought
a 40 year old GMC motorhome!).
So, I contacted the company that normally manufactures
been overwhelmed by the support
from within the community; not just
in the U.K. but abroad too, with event
organizers in the US offering up advice
and support to the first-time crew.
Bugglebots is a community-sourced event, hosted by roboteers for
roboteers. Everyone involved is doing
so voluntarily, and the support the
show has received is a true testament
to the sportsmanship and community
spirit within the sport.
Bugglebots is being filmed in early
September and aims to be published
in December. There will be six episodes
of the main competition: five heats
and the grand final. In addition,
some behind-the-scenes footage will
be broadcast in a special episode.
The crew also hopes to film some
exhibition matches for an additional
Bugglebots has a growing social
media presence and can be found
by searching the name on Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram. The show
will be published to their You Tube
channel of the same name. For more
information, follow Bugglebots on
social media or at www.bugglebots.
Come on, let’s fight! SV
Fachan: A Dangerous
Part 2: Getting
By Pete Smith
26 SERVO 09/10.2018
Photo credit Andy Russell.
Drum spinner “Ion” by
Andy Russell; part of the
Robot Wars Hobgoblin
Team on series 10.
Footage from “Bot Brawl” at Bristol University
West of England. Photo credit Joe Brown.
Figure 1. CAD of