Robot wars returned this year to the BBC with great excitement and destruction. There were a variety of different design with different weapons from Carbide’s great spinner to Thor’s hammer. With so many great designs and so much money put in, how can you make your design stand out? Well SOLIDWORKS can certainly help.
Among other things use sheet metal to create your shell and flatten to send them to the milling machine.
Use weldments to develop the frame and develop a cut list so you can make sure you cut your parts to the correct length and save on wastage.
Use motion studies to make sure those pesky flippers don’t land you on your back with no way of self-righting. As you can see I had to put a self-righter on the back of my robot as with simple spines it got stranded.
Use simulation to analyse if your design will stand up to the inevitable beating.
And use Visualize to see what your design will look like.
All this without having to step into the workshop! Be sure to check out and enter your robot for the possible next series on www.robotwars.tv
By Chris Green
Applications Engineer / Robot Wars Fan