Introduction: FOLD-N-FIGHT BATTLEBOTS
What is Fold-N-Fight?
Origami meets combat robotics. A.I. Labs has created a new genre of
robot for children and adults alike. Fold N' Fight Combat Robots combine the unique art of paper folding and the popular culture of robot battles.
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Step 1: Select the Template and Get to Work
A.I. Labs has created a simple and easy to follow template to help Makers create and design there own battlebot from. Players/Students are only given on sheet of 12x12 card stock to use and whatever scrapes might be left over to create their own design
Step 2: Fold and Decorate
Before the battle begins its strongly encouraged that Makers give their bot some personality. With markers, scrapes of paper, and some tape. They can create other parts or improve on the current template design by making weapons.
Step 3: Battle Ready
At this point all the parts come to gather to make the Fold-N-Fight Battle bot, To make the game play fair I've developed a 4x4 tank style chassis in which it all connects too
Step 4: About the Bot
Fold-N-Fight was develop for a school I work with and on a limited budget so I needed to come up with a safe combat robotic system. While digging around I found a functional base that would work well for the class that I was going to be teaching. This is the current chassis still used in Fold-N-Fight today, but it needed heavy modifications and reinforcing.
Step 5: Mods Needed
Because these bots are designed to hit and ram into each other I needed to improve on ESC on them, So I went to the internet and found this board. Later on these boards were replaced with custom ones I've designed to give be 3 channels. Ch-1 forward and reverse Ch-2 Left and Right Ch-3 is for a weapon system
Step 6: Reinforcing the Bot and Weapon System
On the top a for bot a plate of high impact plastic was added to ensure all the important parts are protected from hits, as well as a 3 volt weapon was added recently to make the game play more exciting. I've came up with a hammer/flipper and plan to add more on later on
Step 7: Wrap Up
Fold N' Fight has gained the attention of Maker Faires, both in connection with Make , and private maker spaces, as well as school STEAM classes. A.I. Labs has been recruited along the East Coast to perform and teach STEAM classes using the combat robots.
We've hosted Fold-N-Fights at all these great locations
Long Island School of the Gifted
PS 40 Manhattan NY School Maker Faire March 2019
Westport CT, Mini Maker Faire April 2019
Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY Mini Maker Fair June 2019
Garden City, Long Island, NY CradleCon June 2019
Champlian, VT Mini Maker Faire September 2019
Biddiforde, ME Mini Maker Faire October 2019
Rochester, NY Mini Maker Faire November 2019
We are looking on expanding this for 2020
Here are only some of the pictures of makers enjoying build, creating and fighting as well
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