CADENAS PARTsolutions is proud to announce a sponsorship of the University of Cincinnati’s Combat Robotics team!
CADENAS PARTsolutions will sponsor the whole team under the 3Dfindit.com brand as they travel to different “BattleBots” style competitions across the country.
What Is Combat Robotics?
More commonly known as BattleBots thanks to the popular TV show, combat robotics mixes cage fighting, deadly weapons, and brilliant engineering in competitions across the world. Custom-built robots fight to the death in explosive cage matches that can only be described as chaotic carnage.
If you’re not a fan of fire, spinning blades, or loud noises, this is not the competition for you.
To win a match, a remote-controlled robot must both disable its opponent and defend itself from attacks, and the rules are generally pretty open depending on what league a team decides to compete in.
During a competition, some bots will compete several times in one day, putting the pressure on “pit teams” to repair and rebuild after each match as quickly as possible.
The University of Cincinnati Combat Robotics Team
The University of Cincinnati Combat Robotics team (UCCR) is primarily made up of engineering students. The team does many of their competitions under the National Havoc Robot League (NHRL), the world’s largest robot combat league.
What’s the Difference Between BattleBots and NHRL?
BattleBots is a television show that has a small group of specific teams competing. Those teams have gone through auditions. NHRL has an open registration and welcomes builders of all levels, including some former BattleBots contestants.
On May 6, 2023, UCCR attended NHRL’s “May The Bots Be With You” competition in Norwalk, CT. The team traveled with six different bots in hopes to advance to the NHRL World Championships in November 2023.
After hours of combat across five different fights, UCCR’s robot Maximizer, driven by Jake Hoffmann, met robot Krunk, driven by combat robotics veteran Zack Knight, in the final match of the 12-pound competition.
After less than a minute and a tap out by Krunk, Maximizer emerged victorious. Jake earned $1,000 cash and a chance to compete in the World Championships for $1 million.
UC Students Jake Hoffmann, Owen Cokley, and Sean Becker designed and built Maximizer based on Mike Tyson and a stegosaurus tail. It uses Mike Tyson’s peek-a-boo punch method: block opponents, then spin around and hit them, this time with a deadly, “spiked” steel tail instead of a fist.
Rock em Sock em robot. Taking inspiration from Mike Tyson’s peek-a-boo punch, to make a trash metal fighting robot 🤘🥊🎸 The baddest man around becomes the baddest bot around. Maximizer is designed, build and driven by Jake Hoffmann and features a whip around effect. Looks cool, hits harder. Maximizer is based on an existing design – a 1lb bot called Thagomizer, whose builder scaled it up to 12lb and fought it as Minimizer at NHRL. Capiche? #nhrl #engineering #miketyson #robots #boxing #rockemsockem
Part of Maximizer’s strength is in its speed. According to NHRL, “human reaction time to visual stimuli is .2 seconds. In training, Maximizer was able to hit 180 degree turns from a dead stop in .3 seconds.”
We look forward to seeing what Maximizer brings to the World Championships and what his teammates do in the future with their bots! Go Bearcats!
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