As I already have hinted in the last blog article there have been some major improvements for Schnauzer but due to time issues no blog article has been published (yet). The complete electronics are now inside of Schnauzer consisting of the receiver (in the orange case on the left middle side of the robot), the two Botbitz 85 electronic speed controllers (mounted vertically in the front of the robot between the two wheels), the gold plated current distributor blocks (located left and right of the ESC's), the 80 A fuse (on the bottom end of the robot) and the connectors for the Removable Link as well as the power LED (on the right side of the robot between front and back wheel).
However, there was still one mission critical piece missing: The complete armour. So far I had only manufactured two Hardox plates for the side armour of Schnauzer. Two weekends ago I gave myself a start and cutted out the final pieces (back- and front armour) from the original Hardox plate. Since I have no welding skills I asked my friend Michael if he could help me with the welding process. Thankfully he agreed and so we spent last Friday in his garage for a welding session which lasted 9 hours. The next picture shows the Hardox frame while we were in the process of welding together the front plate with the side plates.
In between we always put the the base plate with the electronics inside the frame to see if the welding led the frame to go out of shape. As a result we could react early on and take active countermeasures before the frame became unusable.
Here you can see Schnauzer with the finished frame:
You might notice that the front plate design was altered once more. Instead of two spikes Schnauzer is now sporting three spikes and the front armour plate is fully made of Hardox. Only the pickup-part of Schnauzers front scoop consists of the old scoop from Schnauzer and therefore is only made of "normal" steel.
I really do like this last shot of Schnauzer since you can see all three spikes neatly aligned within the picture. The intended purpose of those spikes is to keep the other robot firmly on its scoop and prevent it from driving on the top of Schauzer.
Stay tuned for further updates 🙂 In the mean time, if you are craving for more combat robot news take a look at Battlebotsupdate - you can find real good content about the ongoing Battlebots season there - presented in a snarky tone which makes it a terrific read 🙂