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We want to upgrade our fighting robot PP3D for the second series of Robot Wars.
We want to upgrade our fighting robot PP3D for the second series of Robot Wars.
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PP3D is a 110kg fighting robot that entered the Robot Wars arena for the 2016 reboot series on BBC2.  It fought in the 4th episode causing destruction and damage to all opponents it faced with its 31kg, 1800rpm spinning disc that was mounted only a couple centimeters off the arena floor!

We want to become the worlds first crowd funded robot to compete on Robot Wars.

The robot was originally designed, built and tested in only 2 months.  As such there were a few design issues that showed up at filming which we are looking to upgrade for series 2 of Robot Wars.

The preparation for series 2 can roughly be divided into upgrades to the robot and spare parts to help us through the series 2 competition.

Upgrades

For the next series we want to upgrade out drive train with appropriate shock mounting which we didn't have the first time around.  This resulted in some early exits from matches. 

We want to cut two or three new discs with a brand new design for each.  The old disc was bent during the competition due to the forces going through it.  Having a choice of discs will allow us to mitigate this in future matches.

Currently the disc is operated on and off by a power solenoid.  We want to upgrade this to have full speed control of the etek spinner motor.  This will allow us to change the speed of the disc to suit the opponents we face in the arena.

We plan to lighten and modify the chassis and increase the visual appeal of the robot including replacing the titanium top for an all hardox wear plate construction.

We are going to change the wheels that we use as the sack truck wheels used previously are not appropriate to handle all the energy travelling through them.

Spare parts

We would ideally like to have the following spare parts available to us for series 2.

- At least one if not two spare drive motors.  Each costs £400 once imported.

- We would like to have a spare weapon motor available to us.  Each motor costs £500 once imported.

- A spare speed controller for the drive and also the weapon if possible. 

- Various other spares including wheels and radio gear.

Depending on the level of success of the kickstarter funding will dictate which spare parts we are able to afford.  The team will make a decision on which parts are most important to have available.

Risks and challenges

We already have a solid base to work from with PP3D so we don't foresee there being any issues with the planned upgrades to the machine. The major risk is that the BBC decides not to give the go ahead to a second series of Robot Wars (they haven't made this decision at the time of writing). In this instance we would still make the described upgrades to the robot and seek to enter it in other competitions internationally.

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    A little help

    We understand that not everyone has a lot of money but would still love to help out with what we have planned for PP3D. As such if you pledge £2 you will be listed in a special section of our website and we will be forever grateful for your help.

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    Get your name on PP3D's new disc

    We will be get getting a number of new discs made for PP3D for a second series of Robot Wars. For the sum of £10 your name will appear on one of the discs spinning at 2000rpm smashing into our opponents in the Robot Wars arena!

    Please note that as Robot Wars appears on the BBC we are not allowed to have any inappropriate, political or commercial names on the disc. We reserve the right to remove any we feel are not appropriate.

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    A piece of PP3Ds titanium top

    We will be replacing the 2mm titanium top that we used on PP3D. This reward will see you own a piece of the old top plate. We are going to have it cut up into 10 pieces. Each will be signed by all the team and framed so that you can hang it on your wall if you wish. A real piece of Robot Wars history!

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    Body panels

    With the upgrades to PP3D we have cut a half dozen large pieces out of the body panels of the 6mm hardox chassis. These will be replaced with 3mm hardox with the upgrade. That's right, you can own a piece of Robot Wars history! The piece will be signed by all the team and will be framed so you can mount it on your wall.

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    One wheel on our wagon

    We used a total of 5 wheels throughout our fights on Robot Wars and these were a weak point for us. As such we will be upgrading them for series 2. So here's your chance to own one of the wheels that was actually used in the Robot Wars arena! The wheel will be mounted on a plinth and signed by all the team.

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    Second series disc from PP3D

    This is the big one, we have decided to offer up one of the new discs we will have cut for PP3D as a reward tier. If we are only in one fight in the new series then you will get that disc so regardless, the disc you receive will have been in the arena and on Robot Wars!

    The disc will of course be signed by all the team.

    We are happy to ship this one around the world however due to the costs involved in shipping a 31kg (ish) mass, it won't be cheap so please get in touch before pledging if you are outside of the UK. UK delivery is included in the pledge amount.

    The delivery date is also subject to whenever filming on a second series takes place.

    Any questions about this tier then please don't hesitate to drop us a message.

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