3D Printed NylonX Fight Robotic


Corey Nason, our September Hacker of the Month, makes use of 3D printing and carbon fiber infused NylonX to create battle-worthy robots.

Posted on August 25, 2017


Rhonda Grandy

I do not suppose there may be anybody on the market who does not suppose the phrases “superior” or “rad” after they hear the phrases “fight robotic.” If there may be, and that individual occurs to be studying this text, they need to most likely simply transfer on to the following nice MatterHackers article, as a result of this part is all about Corey Nason’s superior and rad 3D printed battle bot!

Nason, a neurological and bodily rehabilitation nurse from Boston, first noticed 3D printing within the film Small Troopers, which featured an unrealistic model of an SLA printer that supplied the fundamental idea of the method. In a extra pragmatic setting, he actually bought the primary style in 2013 when he graduated from nursing college, the place 3D printing was getting used to make prosthetic prototypes for each legs and arms. 

A number of years later, Nason caught a little bit of luck and really gained his first 3D printer, an Anet A8 package, in a raffle at an engineering occasion that he attended. “This printer was nice as a result of it gave me the possibility to assemble a 3D printer from the bottom up whereas gaining the information and expertise of how the parts labored, what every element was and the way every thing was interconnected,” stated Nason. “Between my engineering background, attending a technical highschool and an engineering school and in addition a love for tinkering, doing a DIY package was excellent for me.”

The underside of Nason’s fight robotic printed in NylonX

Nason acquired his second printer, an earlier Robo3D mannequin, after profitable a design contest. “I used to be so fascinated with the idea of transference of vitality and optimizing the usage of that energy as kinetic vitality. I submitted a design that may switch the ability of a spinning mechanism right into a vertical throwing energy,” acknowledged Nason, including that, “this was only a theoretical concept, however ultimately, the design was favored and I gained the little contest. The printer got here and it was a Robo3d R1+. That is by far my favourite printer, it takes something I throw at it.”

With a rising repertoire of 3D printers, Nason actually caught the 3D bug, and his creativeness was working like loopy: “After being launched to inexpensive 3d printers and seeing what new concepts had been going down, the spark to create got here again stronger than ever. I needed to achieve the information of all the brand new applied sciences and processes of drafting, designing, and additive manufacturing.”

Together with utilizing 3D printers to create assistive gadgets to assist all types of disabilities, Nason has been utilizing his printers to design and construct fight robots. “One of many issues I am specializing in with my prints currently has been designing fight robots of the smaller caliber. Optimizing area occupation whereas sustaining optimum energy put out and remaining inside tips and laws is what makes designing so enjoyable. Using the information you’ve got and increasing on the information you would study was what drove me to push the envelope for the fight robots.”

After hacking his Robo to have a hardened metal nozzle and an enclosure, Nason was shortly turning into a grasp with some specialty supplies like nylon and polycarbonate. His all-time favourite materials, nevertheless, is NylonX: “NylonX is my go-to filament for all my prints that I want to make use of for top power and sturdiness whereas remaining as gentle weight as attainable. In my sincere opinion, if somebody is searching for a filament that may produce most power and hold its sturdiness, I inform them that NylonX is my go to.”

NylonX parts stood as much as the competitors like a champ! 

So, together with his enhanced 3D printer and a sturdy materials to work with, Nason began designing and constructing his fight robots. “The robotic should keep inside the weight restrict of every class. 3d printing alone has enormously helped out as a result of it lets you mannequin up your design and have the ability to bodily maintain your design and take a look at match with out having to attend a pair days to a few weeks for the half to be made. 3d printing lets you have a number of iterations in a short while body, in addition to being not terribly wasteful with a non-fitting half. Including NylonX to the combo was like having the golden ticket, nonetheless sustaining light-weight whereas including power and sturdiness traits to plastic which are near steel. Additionally, when you’ve got a chunk destroyed in fight, you possibly can simply go into the printer and ship the identical STL file and reproduce the half in a well timed method.”

Up to now, Nason has made two fight robots utilizing 3D printing. Right here is Nason’s description of his battling bots: 

“My first robotic known as mighty eagle. It’s a 3lb horizontal bar spinner. The important thing function on the robotic is the weapon, a 1lb s7 device metal 9″ sharpened blade that spins round 8500 rpm. The weapon is managed by the transmitter the place I exploit one of many management sticks and lift the stick from a zero place all the best way up in direction of the entrance of the controller, 100% of the ability, the place the blade will spin up shortly to max velocity. The weapon is a really efficient function, catching and damaging the opponent to immobilization. The robotic’s setup is the weapon is positioned in direction of the entrance of the robotic and the two.75″ foam wheels within the rear pushing the weapon round. There are ball bearing casters that take the load off the entrance and make the actions much more fluid. My favourite half about this robotic is how highly effective the primary weapon of the robotic is. Except for the highest and backside rails of the body being made out of 7075 aluminum, the robotic is made out of printed components of NylonX. This was my first design and one in all my favourite fight robots.”

A part of Nason’s first fight robotic, Mighty Eagle.

“My second fight robotic is known as electress. It’s a 3lb egg beater/drum bot. The important thing function of the robotic is the weapon, a 1lb 6061 aluminum rectangular bar with sharpened metal enamel to inflict essentially the most injury attainable. The bar spins at round 15,000rpms and has a 1.25″ attain. The weapon is managed the identical means as my bar spinner, a management stick raised from 0%-100% energy. The weapon spins in an upward movement so when an opponent is available in contact with the bar, not solely will it inflict injury to the robotic but additionally give the opponent An upward flight transferring the vitality from the bar to the opponent. The robotic is managed by 2 2.75″ foam wheels centered on the chassis making the maneuverability excellent. My favourite half in regards to the robotic is the chassis itself. Being made out of some form of steel or different plastic, it could weigh an excessive amount of and never have the ability to compete. This robotic is made totally out of NylonX materials, apart from a titanium kick plate on the entrance, which retains the burden down on the robotic considerably. The form of the robotic is supposed to assist hold it all the time capable of drive round because the design is ready to drive the other way up and the sides are rounded so it may roll onto its base. The NylonX is the fabric I primarily based my designs on as a result of the examined sturdiness the fabric has and the way your creativity is limitless.”

Printing NylonX on the Robo for a part of Electress

3D Printing has made Nason’s ardour for fight robots attainable, and it has even helped his daughter discover one thing that she is enthusiastic about as properly: “My six-year-old daughter completely loves what 3d printers can do and she or he is studying all about them. The 3d printer introduced out a aspect in my daughter that she by no means actually confirmed prior.  She desires to begin designing completely different toys and fixtures,” stated Nason, including that, “she has additionally dived into Autodesk Fusion 360 and SketchUp to slowly study the engineering and design course of. Proper now she is making all of the completely different fashions she likes on Thingiverse and minifactory then later she’s going to begin to design her personal creations and fashions.”

It’s all the time very rewarding for us to find out about how individuals are utilizing 3D printers to reinforce or customise their hobbies. On this case, Nason is ready to just do that, and in addition share 3D printing with one other technology of creators. Who is aware of what his daughter may invent subsequent! 

Wish to be our subsequent Hacker of the Month? E mail [email protected], and inform us about your 3D printed creation – you would be featured in our subsequent e-newsletter. Hacker of the Month wins 3 free spools of PRO Collection PLA or ABS filament to additional their pursuit of 3D printing greatness.


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