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.
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.
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.