VI Report 1 - 2/4/01

Here's a concept drawing using hella-highspeed PSP :p Nothing is drawn to scale and I'm sure to make changes. This pic does give the "idea" though. A wedge with a high-powered uppercut at the top.

I have received a lot of feedback (feedback Rules! keep it coming!) in the form of, "Your spinning the blade the wrong way..." This is something I have considered of course in the initial "I have an idea" stages but decided the underhanded (underhand from the FRONT perspective) spinning is the way I need to go in order to use the bot as it is designed. We'll just have too see how far a reverse collision sends me flying :)

VI Drawing

What's a good inexpensive drivetrain motor? Wiper motors... Well, the ones I got look more "Cheap" than "Inexpensive".

After reading more about Wiper Motors and taking the gearbox apart seeing that some of the gears were plastic, I decided to look for a better way of making VI roll. So I ordered 6 EV Warriors the other day from Haven't received them yet, but I'll keep you posted.

Wiper Motors
24' of 1" x 1" x 1/8" square steel tubing.
20' of 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/8" square steel tubing.

Hopefully I will successfully weld this into VI's frame with my new MIG. This pic still has the red shop towel zip-tied to the end where I hauled this home from the metal yard with the end sticking out the back of my truck :)


Here's a look at my first MIG practice session. Pretty ugly :) I have a lot to learn and a LOT more practice before I lay down the first bead of VI's frame. I don't think it will take too long to get the hang of it.

This image is a high res biggy to show detail, the pieces are layed out in the order I worked on from left to right.

Welding 101

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