3D Printing Battle Bot Victory

Battle bots in action

3D Printing Battle Bot Victory

Battle bots use an enormous amount of unique parts to maintain specific weight requirements and toughness. It’s often complex for bot designers to attain parts like these without spending a lot of money.  With the Markforged Enterprise 3D printer, this is easily achievable.  In combat bot competitions 3D printing onyx, carbon fiber and kevlar proved to be very successful for designers.  It was easy for them to print, test and try again a number of times before perfecting their bots for battle and now they’re back at it.

In a recent competition, MassDestruction located in Massachusetts. The bot, Foiled featured many Markforged 3D printed parts and defended its title by taking home first place.

This event had higher competition, of antweights and beetleweight showcasing their strength of materials.  One bot named “DDT” part of the antweight category was printed exclusively with Onyx for its strength and lightweight properties, while other bots in the category used fiber reinforcements.

Major attributes bot designers take into account every time they build and design for competition:

  • Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Design Individuality

MassDestruction 6: Foiled vs. DDT
January 28th, 2017

A robotics chassis must be lightweight and still strong enough to take hits and counter their opponent.  The majority of the weight in the battle bot is geared towards the weapon, this is the most complex part.  Other parts of the bot take little time to manufacture but parts need to be produced easily and at the least cost. Designers take into consideration a lot when it comes to the materials they use for their bots.

Foiled, with a 3D printed propellor inside its weapon, ready to go in the arena.

These designers have the advantage when it comes to 3D printing materials from the Markforged.  Properties of carbon fiber reinforcement with Onyx provides a long-lasting, durable, fatigue resistance and is incredibly lightweight.  Builders are able to produce parts uniquely, fast and at low costs.  Foiled, the bot that took first place, had fiber reinforced chassis and weapon insert. However, DDT’s frame was printed in full Onyx, which alone provides the necessary strength for robot combat – affordably done on the Onyx One.

Manufacturing these parts are especially complex when trying to work in a weapon, for example the blade on Foiled. Markforged 3D printers proved successful yet again in the robotics sport for high strength and lightweight options at a fraction of the cost of other materials.  Not only will the bot hold up against the component, but designing becomes less expensive and easier with Markforged.

Reference link: https://markforged.com/a-testament-of-toughness/

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