With all the changes in the turret Tazbot
seemed to be strong. The robot could now flip itself back over with the
use of a new (geared) linear acuator and was ready for battle. Tazbots
first opponent was a very cool UK robot called "Mortis", The robot was
built by Rob Knight and his palls at Cambridge University. Mortis has
a tank drive system using custom motorcycle chains for treads. Mortis
has two very clever weapons. One is an ax like weapon that has an 8in.
Tungsten blade that is driven bye a eccentric cam and hits 3 times a sec.,
the other is a secondary lifting arm that seems to be connected to he
first weapon via a electro-magnetic shifting system. The arm could also
flip Mortis back over. The armor was made from kevlar with titanium skirts
around the bottom. The well-designed Mortis was built with a CNC machine
and a whole lot of very nice work.
Well the fight started and
we went straight at each other
Mortis began swinging but was having
trouble landing any thing damaging .We tried to pushing each other over
to the floor saws but neither robot seemed to have the torque.
With in a few minutes I managed
to sweep Tazbots pick under the front of Mortis and attempted to
flip him over. Once Mortis was about a foot in the air there was a structural
failure in the turret and the arm acuator snapped. What a bummer! Mortis
was free and Tazbot spent the rest of the round with no weapon trying
to avoid a strong assault from Mortis.
Tazbot got a few extra vent
holes in the armor. One just missed some major parts in the main controller
by a fraction of an inch. At the end of the round we were both still going
at it. Tazbot had several large holes in his armor and a broken acuator.
Mortis was clearly the winner.