THE RINGMASTER is the 250 pound robot I designed and built for Season 2 of BattleBots >>, a prime time TV show on ABC. The bot features a steel ring that spins around the center chassis, and a unique vector skid drive system that resists counter-rotating when the weapon hits an opponent. May daughter Hannah drove The Ringmaster during the competition.
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Spin test before a match.
Time laps video of the chassis being fabricated.
I made a prototype of the drive system before building the final bot.
The first test of one of the three weapon motor assemblies.
A test to confirm the weapon's braking system is working.