Knightrous – Build Part 7

Time to build some drive motors.

Some printed cutting jigs so I can get the shafts cut to the right length for the pinions.

The rear of the motors needed a skim as well to fit a rear support bearing.


Not much was needed to be removed.

And the bearing presses on perfectly.

Jig fitted on, time to cut.

Good enough!

Just needs a clean up on the linisher.

One completed motor, three to go.

Shafts cut and cleaned up.

First drive assembly back together.

Till next time…

Knightrous – Build Part 6

I needed to get some new weapon bars cut as the old ones are a little worn, I decided that I could make them larger for the same weight with a little bit of a design tweak. This will allow more gearing, less weapon rpm (so more bite) and more kinetic energy.

The new bars have a diameter of 300mm, are 16mm thick, have two usable sides to get double the weapon life and now feature a hex whole make it easier to replace them. The Bamboozle smashed out these parts in under under 3hrs!

With the increase in bar diameter, it means the up rights needed modified. This is a dodgy for now, but will help get it dialed in for the final part.

Comparison to the old 250mm bar.

A quick mock up of it all.

Till next time…

Knightrous – Build Part 5

More tweaks and revisions continue on the weapon motor and gearbox assembly.
The bearings arrived, so it was time to start fitting them into the design and confirming there placement.

This included a few revisions of the output shaft to align the planet carrier plate into it’s correct place.

More and more tweaks, including some different ratios.

The new drive motors to replace my now discontinued NTM4240-750’s

Surpass Hobby C4238-750kv

Till next time!

Knightrous – Build Part 4

It bucket rain today and flooded most of my outside work space, so I retreated inside and worked on designing some parts to make in the future, like the weapon gearing.

The weapon first stage gearbox needs designed, so a quick bit of cad work produced this, the front bearing block which houses two 22x10x6 bearings and captures the ring gear.

Front side has sunken bolt holes to bolt the whole assembly together.

Putting the Banebots P61 4:1 parts into the front block.

Adding the main bolts

With this done, it’s time to design the rear block for the motor.

Designed this to center the motor with the ring gear, capture the motor screws and align everything together.

Bolting up the motor.

Ready to assemble the two halves.

Screws are oversized, but will order smaller ones once it is all finalised.

Printed out a shaft to work with the hex output for the Banebots.

It fits perfectly.

Next up I printed some HTD5 pulleys, a 16T for the motor gearbox and both a 30T and 32T to play around with what works best for the weapon end.

Running the calculations, the 32T is likely going to be the best one to use as it gives a neat 8:1.

Till next time.

Knightrous – Build Part 3

After tack welding the two half bots together, a few things became apparent.
1. It weighs 9.3kg already….
2. The weapon cannot be serviced as the weapon shaft cannot be removed in this position and there for cannot swap the bars or belts.

So I cut the existing mount and supports out.

There is actually a fair bit of weight in these two support plates, they are made from 5mm Hardox 500.

I’ve replaced the inner support of the chassis with some lightweight 20x20x2mm box section

The new weapon uprights will be made from 50x20x2mm RHS which will have a steel insert welded into them to support the weapon shaft.

These get a 25mm hole drilled into them.

A quick test fit to see what position will keep the weapon forward enough but also allow the shaft to be removed.

Some of the old chassis will be welded to the front like this (but not as much) to add some strength and armor to the front the robot.

Other than the fact that the robot is a little heavy, I noticed that the gas bottle chassis is rather oversized for what has to go inside.

I’m considering that I might cut 80mm off the front of it all to allow the center line of the gas bottle to butt up against the rear of the weapon upright.

This will compact the robot a bit, allow more armor to be added and also assist in self righting via the weapon.

Till next time!

The Bamboozle

After attending the Convoy4Kids antweight event, I was able to see the amazing print quality for a bunch of robots that were printed on the Bambu Labs X1 Carbon.

It’s a pricy little unit, but the quality, speed and the lack of fiddling required to get consistent prints with variance filaments is amazing. I caved and ordered one….

4 days later, it arrived!

It was very well packaged.

After setting up and running the first calibrations, it finally fulfilled the dream of having my 3D printer to live in my rack cabinet! (My old Raise3D N2 is half the size of the rack cabinet hahaha!)

Printed a scraper with no messing around. Pressed go and walked away, it leveled itself, checked the first layers itself and then completed the job.

And now it’s onto doing rapid prototyping robot parts!

Antweights at Convoy4Kids

The Wollongong crew held an antweight event at the Convoy4Kids charity event on 29th October.
I dug out some spares last minute and tried to put together Little Red Flipper (a prototype OG Botbitz GreenAnt kit).

It turns out I was missing a lot of parts…
The flipper servo.
The servo linkage.
The 2S batteries were dead.
The RX was missing.

First up was to print a linkage as I had the cad for it, however the servo I bought had a different spline. It took 8 goes to get it right for a press fit that worked…

The RX I found that would work in this robot uses micro leads, so I needed to remove the standard JR leads from the servo,

Micro lead attached.

I’ve not got a small iron these days, so doing this smaller soldering results in some burnt fingers and swearing. Need to order a smaller iron for this kind of work.

The BotBitz 10A’s needed the same treatment, getting a pair of micro leads.

Leads done!

And shrink wrapped.

With no 2S batteries, I substituted a 3S battery and prayed nothing exploded.

While trimming up the servo position for the flipper, I broke the flipper mechanism….

It was 10pm by this stage, so I designed to flick a message to a friend and see if he could print one from CF Nylon over night and bring it to the event for me.
I packed up the bot and all my gear, loaded the car and went to bed…


I arrived nice and early to find the event organisers setting up the arena.

I setup my gear and my static display of Scarlet’s.

Sitting there, waiting for the spare parts.

Soon other builders arrived and we started getting some bot appearing!

Pumpkin Wumpkin


Midnight Sun



Steelstorm 2 and Pokerface

Naughty Corner and Scissor


Mr Obvious


The replacement flipper arrive and I assembled Little Red Flipper as quick as I could.

However I ran into something odd. The servo was only travelling 50-60% throw, which prevented the robot from lifting all the way up and self righting 🙁
The other issue was, it would not failsafe correctly. Despite being bound to the transmitter with the drives in a neutral position, the motors kept creeping. Not something I (nor safety) could allow.

So I sat down for the day and watched all the fights, before getting a chance to sneak Little Red Flipper into the end of day rumble for the non-destructive class.
Sadly it was flipped and could not self right and then ended up going down the pit :P. Highlight of the day, I was given the change to drive Tossboss in the rumble for the destruction class (Tossboss had just won the main event!) and was one of the last 3 bots standing!

There is a Youtube playlist of fights here:


Knightrous – Build Part 2

As I’m trying to put this robot together as soon as possible using what I have, dug through my collection of parts and found this 16:1 planetary gearboxes and 4238-750kv brushless motors.

I’m going to try out a new idea with the drive, I’m mounting the motors and ESC’s into a pivoting pod. The pod will have the full weight of the robot chassis spread across the wheel base and the pivot will allow the wheels to follow any undulation without removing traction from the wheels.

With a quick 3DP mock up, I worked out the exact dimensions needed of the pod and started to make them from metal.

Four plates cut, ready to be filled to size. This will make two drives pods, one for the bot and one spare.

Each plate gets the gearbox holes drilled and countersunk.

The first drive pod assembled.

Trying to mock up the placement to begin aligning and making the pivot structure for the drives.

A little more tweaking of position and testing needs to be done, but this looks like a starting point.

Plenty of space still for the weapon assembly, battery and wiring.

Till next time…

Smashing two bots together…. Knightrous 2.0 – Build Part 1

Once again, a new event has been announced and I’m shit out of working robots.
This event is the RoboWars 2024 Nationals, which will be Open Feathersweights!
The first time Opens will have been competing since 2019.

I’ve been kicking an idea around for a while for a new bot, an assymetrical, counter rotating, dual vertical spinner.
But one day, I just happened to spot the remains of The Verdict and Knightrous Wedge sitting on a shelf together and thought, “Hmm, those could almost bolt together…”

And so, we began making a chimera from these two corpses.

Gas bottle vert spinner with a floor shaving wedge…

Let the gutting begin.

Everything removed from The Verdict.

Lol, budget Cobalt…

Time to start cutting up Knightrous Wedge.

First few bits

More and more

Now to cut away more and more to make them join together

Due to weight the plow disc gets cut back to the bar minimum

Close and closer

Now it needs some short term bonds

With it tacked together, I will be able to grind away all the exist wedge and gas bottle till everything matches up nicely.

Till next time…

ZZW30 – Service N Shit

Been busy with a whole bunch of life changes (Moved to a bigger house, got rid of the workshop) and shit which lead me to being extremely slack and abusive to the ZZW30 this year.
It was over due a service in April and I’m only getting around to doing it now in September….
10000+ km over due… Toyota tough thank fuck.

New garage is a bit small, so needed to shuffle things around to do the service.

International Hoist Appreciation Day!

And done! (Yeah, I forgot to take more photos….)