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Real World Experience – End of Year Update

Unfortunately our year was cut short due to COVID, leaving us without any experience to build a robot from. We weren't able to complete our ...
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Space Jam – End of Year Report

It's been a solid year until recently. Due to some obvious circumstances, Robobrawl this year has been cancelled. Expectedly, all of Team Space Jam is ...
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MaizeRunner Member Experience

This past season of MRDC has been an experience like no other. It gave me experience and knowledge in robotics and Engineering that I know ...
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Freshmen MRDC Experience

While special circumstances this semester prevented us from competing, our team was still able to come up with a design that we could all have ...
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Maize Runner – Moving Forward for Next Year

We hope that everyone is staying safe and staying home during these difficult times. As we sign off for this year, we wanted to give ...
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Accident Prone – End of the Year Update

Firstly, we hope everyone is safe during these rough times! Over the past month, although we were not able to compete at Robobrawl, we attempted ...
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MRDC Robot Walkthrough (Overview)

Since we couldn't actually build the robot, I just wanted to give a quick rundown of what the robot was supposed to do. So at ...
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Pacbot’s Head Start on Next Drivetrain

The Pacbot team has been busy these last few months, focusing on next year's robot while everyone is off campus. We've successfully designed and assembled ...
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Creating a Simulation of Arena with Gazebo (Part Three of Three)

The simulation software gazebo is based on the robotics operating system (ROS), read more about ROS the system by clicking this link . The set ...
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The Killer UniKorns Riding Into the Sunset

This year did not end how any of use expected or wanted. While we were not able to compete this year we still completed the ...
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Creating a Simulation of Arena with Gazebo (Part Two of Three)

In the last part of this tutorial, we learned how to transfer into URDF file that can be used in simulation software like gazebo. In ...
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Creating a Simulation of Arena using Gazebo (Part One of Three)

Implicating a navigational AI demands a large amount of training data. Generating enough data for computer to learn could be difficult. That would require for ...
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S.P.O.T EOH Update

Preparations for SPOT are almost coming to close. We ordered all our parts for the year and should be close to building and finishing our ...
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Pacbot Year in Review

Well, here we are. Like many other groups, our Pacbot competition was impacted by current events and we find ourselves unable to compete this year ...
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Real World Experience – EOH 2020 Update

Picking up where we left off, we have all come back from break with some more knowledge of CAD! We kicked off our meetings this ...
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Metal Gear Solidworks – EOH 2020 Update

Friday March 13th, we got the news that EOH 2020 would no longer be possible due to COVID-19 concerns. After spending the last 4 months ...
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Accident Prone – 2020 EOH Update

Although EOH is cancelled this year, we have made lots of progress on our robot. Projectile dysfunction has come a long way from its initial ...
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VEX U Tower Takeover Final Update

This year, our VEX U Team ILLIN1 competed in two regional qualifiers, hosted at Purdue University in Indiana and Fairmont State University in West Virginia ...
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Maize Runner end of season

As many of you know, we came to an abrupt end to our freshman MRDC season due to COVID-19. Despite our disappointment, however, we are ...
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Space Jam Pre-EOH Update

Introducting [unnamed 2020 Space Jam bot]! Despite not having a name yet, this robot is coming along amazingly. This year, we've decided to build a ...
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Killer UniKorns Trotting Towards Competition!

Throughout this semester, we have been working to completely finalize our robots CAD and have been working through unexpected part delays due to the Coronavirus ...
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S.P.O.T Updates!

First semester so far has been a very exciting time for the projects team named S.P.O.T, which stands for Shooting Projectiles On Target. Our goal ...
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Real World Experience – End of Semester Update

This semester was a learning experience for all of the members of freshman Combots. All of us came in without much experience building the type ...
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Maize Runner End of Fall 2019 Post

The 2020 MRDC game has arrived and rules have been released. We have been working on analyzing the tasks and strategizing our robot’s functions. This ...
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Mechabytes End of Fall 2019 Post

Mechabytes are working hard and excited for our last year! We have decided on our strategic goals for this year's game, and finished our drivetrain ...
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Member Experience – Mohammad El-Jawhari

Although the first half of my semester didn’t go quite as planned due to unforeseen familial obligations, I’ve still been able to learn quite a ...
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Bitcorn 2019-2020 fall semester report

In this semester, Bitcron has been construction a new control frame work for the robot next year. Bitcorn has been developing a fully autonomous robot ...
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Accident Prone Fall 2019 Update

Accident Prone has come a long way this semester in terms of robot design for its new flipper bot - Projectile Dysfunction! We started out ...
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Vex U Member Updates Fall 2019

As a VEX team, we began by splitting all the new members into two teams to design, build and program a robot so that everyone ...
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Vex U Winter 2019 Update

This semester, we have seen the VEX U Team in its strongest state yet without the VEX V5 rollout issues that plagued us last year ...
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Accident Prone: Team Members’ Updates

As we progress into the design stage of our robot, new members have had a great opportunity in learning new things and took a part ...
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Metal Gear Solidworks’ Experience at Robot Day

Last week Oct 19, members from the Sophomore MRDC team went over to Orpheum Children's Museum in Downtown Champaign to take part in the Robot ...
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Metal Gear Solidworks: Fall 2019 Update

Members from the Sophomore MRDC Team met on Saturday to discuss the lessons that could be learned from the our experience at EOH last year ...
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Killer UniKorns Moving Forward

This year the Killer UniKorns are planning on competing with two robots at Robobrawl! We are bringing back our bot from last year with some ...
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Space Jam Design Update

With the new season underway, junior team Space Jam has begun formulating a design to defeat all the rest. This year, we're switching gears from ...
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BitCorn is constructing a Locationing system in Kenny GYM

Introduction UWB stands for ultra-wideband, it is a form of radio transmission technology that utilized a large bandwidth of radio frequency, more than 500MHz, and ...
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Accident Prone: Winter Break Update

During winter break, Accident Prone has worked on its bot and continued to make progress on the design. We have ordered major parts that we ...
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The Robotic Arm Project (TRAP) Update!

TRAP has made good progress over the semester. We started off with a series of team meetings to decide on the brief idea and some ...
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Accident Prone: Controls Team Reflection

Over the last couple months our spent a lot of time during meetings gaining knowledge about Combat Robotics. The Controls team especially, learned about the ...
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FLL Scrimmage and Qualifier

We have had a great semester for FLL events with both the FLL Scrimmage hosted by iRobotics and Ctrl-Z as well as the Champaign FLL ...
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Custom 3D Printer Team Update

C3DP Team has been making steady progress; we've recently waterjet our design for brackets, the heated bed platform, and the X-carriage extruder mount. We're using ...
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Space Jam Bevel Gearbox Prototyping

After finalizing the CAD for our weapon's bevel gearbox, we decided to make a prototype gearbox to make sure the 2x3x2.5" profile is achievable and ...
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Metal Gear Solidworks: Looking Good!

We have come up with rough outline for our strategy and robot design. In terms of design, we plan on reusing ILLINIhation’s drivetrain and chassis ...
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Accident Prone’s Updates

The Freshman Combotics team went with an egg-beater design for their weapon this year! The weapon will be running on a dead shaft, and the ...
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D.P.D! Arena (Part 2: Some Assembly Required)

A Solid Base Using the lumber cut previously, Arena committee (and friends) moved on to assembling the base and applying a coat of paint around ...
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Robot Day

On Saturday, October 20th, iRobotics hosted its first Robot Day in collaboration with the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum to inspire, engage, and educate children of ...
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Sophomore MRDC BitCorn Game season launched

As the rules for the 2019 MRDC Season came out, BitCorn is kicked into high gear. Last Thursday, Nov.8th we had our team launch ceremony, ...
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The Killer UniKorns Prancing Forward

The semester got off to a bit of a rough start for the Killer UniKorns but we have since caught back up. We are finalizing ...
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Kickoff 2019

The 2019 MRDC game has arrived, and the Mechabytes are ready for round 3. Our task for this year involves crossing bridges over a ball ...
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Space Jam Weapon Progress

Over the past few weeks, Space Jam has been working on designing a robust gearbox to hold our bevel gear system (see image). One of ...
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D.P.D! Arena (Part 1: A Solid Base)

In preparation for our October 20th Design.Print.Destroy! Competition (Robot Day at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum), Robobrawl Arena Committee has been tasked with the design ...
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Robobrawl 2018 Matches

Robobrawl Trailer Robobrawl Matches ...
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Outreach Bots (Part 2: Firmware)

This code can likely be optimized but it functions to the performance needed, so there is not a great need to optimize every part. The ...
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Outreach Bots (Part 1: Electronics)

In order to reduce the overall cost and allow for a fully ready to go electronics package, Eric Layne designed a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) ...
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Outreach Bots Overview

In order to allow more interaction with the robots during outreach events, we are creating small, phone controlled demo robots that are inexpensive and easy ...
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Freshman Combots Post-EOH Wrapup

The Freshman Combotics team had an enjoyable first season in the club building Big Bertha. We ran into some complications throughout the season and had ...
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ILLINIhilation Robotics Signing Off

The ILLINIhilation Robotics team has concluded its final season as the senior MRDC team of iRobotics. We are very proud of the robot we have ...
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Pix – Post EOH Updates

The Pix team had a great time showing off our work so far at EOH this past weekend and are already gearing up to make ...
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ILLINIhilation Making Progress

The senior MRDC team has been working hard in getting the frame and drivetrain assembled. This year, we opted to making our frame from waterjet-cut ...
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BitCorn Robot Finishing Build Season

As EOH approaches we ready have been working overtime to ensure that our robot will be ready in time. We have been meeting regularly in ...
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Pix – Build Drawing to a Close

With EOH 2018 just over a week a way, our build is slowly drawing to a close (pun intended)! It has been a long road ...
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Mechabytes Robot Coming Together

With 10 days left until EOH and 80% of our parts done, we are way ahead of schedule compared to last year! This year, the ...
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Killer UniKorns Final Sprint

We're getting down to the wire and our robot is starting to come together! T-minus 12 days until competition! ...
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Botman Begins!

The junior combotics team has been hard at work building their submission for the Robobrawl. Introducing: Botman! (that's a stainless steel wedge on the front) ...
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UIUC Cyber Chiefs Team B – Regionals 1st Place

In a sweeping success Team B and their sensational robot makes 1st place at Regionals after rousing victories against all other teams. Now they are ...
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Pix – Hardened Steel is Tough to Cut!

After quite some trouble with a few different tools we managed to cut through our bearing rods. For future note to anyone trying something similar, ...
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DTD Start of Build Season

DTD has started build season! We have finished the CAD of the robot, and are ready to waterjet our parts. Our robot this year is ...
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Robobrawl 2018 Rules

The ruleset for Robobrawl 2018 is live! Combotics Robobrawl 2018 Rules If your University-affiliated team is interested in competing at Robobrawl, email James Chibe at ...
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Vex Team A- Robot Design

Team A is working hard on their robot design for this year’s competition, In The Zone. Here is their robot using a tank drive and ...
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Design.Print.Destroy! photos

On September 30th, iRobotics held the second ever Design.Print.Destroy! Design.Print.Destroy is a 3d printed combotics tournament with a weight limit of 1lb. This event had ...
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Projects Team 2016-2017

Projects Team this year had a blast! From concept drawing on chalkboard to live open house demonstrations, the team has put in a lot of ...
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Fully Torqued semester wrap-up

The sophomore combotics team had a successful year designing, building, and fighting Danger Zone. Although it only competed in one match, Danger Zone had several ...
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Senior Combots Wrap-up

The senior team had a great time designing and building BumbleBot v2 this year. The build was completed a bit ahead of schedule leaving plenty ...
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Killer UniKorns Wrap-up

The Killer UniKorns wrapped up a successful year. Being our first year, we had a steep learning curve at the beginning of first semester. We ...
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ILLINIhilation Robotics: End of Season Review

The ILLINIhilation Robotics Team has completed another successful season this year. Although our team was slightly behind schedule in the building of the robot, we ...
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Mechabytes 2017 Wrap-up

The Mechabytes had a great first year of competition. For the majority of the season, we were behind schedule, but our members pulled together in ...
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Transfarmers 2017 Review:

It's time for the Transfarmers to wrap up a fun and successful year. This year we worked hard to be ahead of schedule and had ...
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MuTan(Clan) Signing Off

MuTan(Clan), as the senior MRDC team, designed a new and radical robot. Considerably more compact than the past robots we have designed, this robot had ...
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DTD semester wrap up

The junior comobotics team had a great season building The Kraken. The Kraken is a full body spinner, the only of its kind in our ...
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Robobrawl Livestream Links

Links for the Robobrawl livestreams are up! The actual streams will take place Friday, 9AM-4PM and Saturday, 9AM-3PM. Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJQ8MbR7E24 Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYQurloK424 ...
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Great Start to the Build Season

The Transfarmers are off to a great start to our build season. We have already finished our drivetrain and created a prototype electrical board for ...
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2017 Combotics Registration Form Available

Registration for the 2017 Robobrawl is now active! Fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/xHJEwS39E2pvtXHA3 and tshephe2@illinois.edu will contact you about where to mail the $50 deposit ...
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MuTan(Clan) Crunch Time

With just one semester left in our iRobotics careers, MuTan(Clan) is preparing for the Midwestern Robotics Design Competition in style! With our new plate design, ...
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DTD is ready for build season

The Junior Combotics team has been working hard to redesign their robot. After pivoting halfway through the semester to a full body spinner, we have ...
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Transfarmers Semester Wrap-up

The Transfarmers have finished the semester strong with a finalized Cad model of our drivetrain and concepts for each of our manipulators. Our drivetrain is ...
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AlphaAF: End of Semester Post

The senior combotics team, AlphaAF, have finalized the design of their drumbot. The CAD model is near completion and materials have been purchased. Drivetrain testing ...
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Killer UniKorns Semester Wrap-Up

The Killer UniKorns worked to finish up all of the details on our bot design before the end of the semester. We intend to finish ...
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ILLINIhilation: End of the Semester

The Illinihilation team wrapped up the fall semester with a final team meeting to discuss the designs for the soccer ball intake and output. From ...
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Working through Winter Break!

The Mechabytes meet before we left for break to briefly go over our plans to complete the model of the drive train before we came ...
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Mechabytes Brainstorming Mechanisms

The Mechabytes team had another meeting just before finals started. We took time to go over the updated rules and field drawings. Afterwards, we quickly ...
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FIRST Lego League Qualifier

iRobotics volunteered at the FIRST Lego League Qualifier held at Loomis Laboratory on December 3, 2016. iRobotics had members as referees and volunteers. There were ...
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Carrie Busey Elementary School Outreach

On November 17th, 2016, iRobotics was able to present to a group of ~100 elementary school students about robotics at their Science Fair! This is ...
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iRobotics FLL Scrimmage

iRobotics ran a FIRST Lego League Scrimmage on Saturday 11/12/2016 on the University of Illinois campus. We had two competition tables and one practice table ...
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Ready For Build Season

Team Captains worked hard this week prepping our space for build season. The ESPL is the only build space and machine shop access for 9 ...
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Mechanical Engineering Open House

iRobotics took the MechSE Open House by storm! We had the opportunity to show off all of our hard work to wide eyed prospective students ...
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Paintball

iRobotics played paintball at Saltfork this past Saturday. Thank you to everyone that came out to it and I hope you had a great time ...
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ILLINIhilation Planning Out The Season

The ILLINIhilation team just had another meeting, this time to plan out the tasks and deadlines for the team leading up to competition. We are ...
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