We'll as you know S.L.A.M went
up against La Machine in the Underground Robotics Street fight.
Unfortunately S.L.A.M caught a
blade on the face of La Machine and was flipped on its backside. Poor S.L.A.M
So after watching the video several
times and some pondering we determined the problem was the design
of the rotator was incorrect. Thanks to the 180 lb weight limit rule change
to 200 lb. That allowed for a completely new rotator to be built...
The old Rotator was made from a
26" inside diameter sewer pipe which has always made the clearances for
the drive unit very tight and very difficult to get all of the parts inside.
So the new rotator was built from
scratch out of 10 gage steel plate that was rolled and welded into a 28"
inside diameter drum. Also the Blades we put back into the original configuration
including the platens that were missing when we fought La Machine. There
was also a steel lip added to the bottom of the drum. And now the whole
rotating mass ride just a few thousandths above the ground.
Oh and another thing it seems to
have gained some kinetic energy and stability probably due to being about
10 lbs heavier and a couple inches wider.
I'm not sure maybe it should be
You can see the steel ring around
the base of the rotator. This aids in the Idea of wedge proofing.
Here you can see the platen at
the base of the blades.
The rotator now will shave the
paint off of this concrete floor. Of course the ride height is adjustable
for uneven surfaces.
Mods for 2000
S.L.A.M pages 1234
New Robot K.I.S.S
Vegas Nov 1999