After finishing your one pound weapon robot, it is important to practice.
I recommend leaving your original Wedgie robot (from the October 2012
article) as-is if you still have it, then have both robots ready to fight so you
can practice battling the two robots together with friends and family. This is
a great way to get time behind the stick, and possibly get your friends into
A piece of advice that was given to me by a Battlebots veteran was, "In
order to win, you need three things: a good build, a good driver, and some
luck." Through a decade in the sport, I can say — without a doubt — this is
100% true. By going through two completely different robots, your second
one will be much more polished. By having two robots, you can practice, so
you will be a better driver. Lastly, some dedication and time will help you
beat the odds.
With the skills you've learned in this article, you'll be able to build just
about any kind of lifting or clamping robot you can imagine. I’ve included a
few of my builds to show different ways to use these techniques in the
I hope this gets you off to a smashing start in competitive robotics. I will
see you in the ring! SV
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