The Construction of S.L.A.M
We started looking for parts in
First we went scrounging for used
We spent Many Many hundreds of
Hrs on the Internet.
We studied all of the other competitors
web site we could find.
Many thanks to all of your great
pages they were a great help.
Then we found the main drive motor.
And a rear axle.
Then a radio and servos.
Finally it was time to start burning
The design of S.L.A.M is different
than most of the other heavyweights
It uses a single 2 HP 24VDC electric
motor that drives a gokart differential
Through a motorcycle chain
and sprockets. The differential works the same as
a rear end in a rear wheel drive
automobile it has spider gears and side gears.
The differential has a drum brake
on each wheel so by applying a break on say
the right side the robot turns
to the right and visa versa for left turns.
That's basic farm tractor technology...
By the Way did I mention we Competed
in Tractor Pulls for 5 years.
Each brake is actuated by a MEGA
servo made by Hitec.
This works well it will turn in
its own length...
The drive motor comes from
a TORO cordless lawn mower.
It's controlled by a Vantec speed
controller that provides up to 30 amps of current. S.L.A.M will do about
15-20 mph if given enough room.
We use a HITEC Prizum 7 channel
PCM radio and control 5 servos and the Vantec motor controller with it
What can I say about the weapons
Well since the competition is still
in a legal battle not much (sorry)
But I will tell you this
We just added 8 lbs of weight to
the main weapons. Since the weight limitations have been changed (as per
SORC rules Sept. 98) S.L.A.M will now weight 198 lbs
We have a 2 Hp chain saw motor
completely radio controlled with remote starting , throttle and kill switch.
We will be adding a relay to cut the power to the receiver and the servos
also return springs on all of the servos. To comply with the latest
My Boss at work is giving me a
riding lawnmower I plan to use this as a opponent for Testing the latest
upgrade of S.L.A.Ms design. It weighs over 300lbs it should make a good
As for the main Weapon(s).???
We've had several scientists trying
to figure this out for us for century's including Archimedies, Gallileo
and Sir Isaac Newton.
Boy that's one heck of a team isn't
My name is Steven Nelson and My
Father's name is Lowell Nelson.
So the 5 of us make up Team S.L.A.M
I look forward to the competition
whenever it happens.
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