Cardboard Combat Bots

Jeff visited the Innovation Lab at San Diego Public Library in 2016 and met the Uyen, where the two connected and Cardboard Combat Bots were created. It all started with an idea and the desire to build a community; the spirit that makes Maker Faire possible and everything that San Diego Makers Guild believes in.

After all, who wouldn’t like to see students have the opportunity to learn 3d modeling, CAD design, and programming by having them make destructive robots that would destroy each other (robots, not humans). 🙂

We wanted to make the robots very affordable and accessible because we wanted to have as many kids (and kids at heart) to have a chance to participate. After numerous brainstorming sessions and months of prototyping with support from our maker community, San Diego Makers Guild was able to get a grant from Cognizant to make Cardboard Combat Bots a reality. This summer, we will be working with volunteer makers to offer free summer camps and workshops to students all over San Diego County to teach them how to make a Cardboard Combat Bot.

Here’s our schedule if you would like to join us:

  • Now till June 17, 2017 North County Mini Maker Faire: Meet at the Innovation Lab on the 3rd Floor of the the San Diego Central Library to work on your own Cardboard Combat Bot with Jeff & Rob. Let us know if you would like to be a mentor/coach and we’ll give you a free robot kit!
  • June 17 & 18, 2017: Watch the Cardboard Combat Bots Competition at the North County Mini Maker Faire & sign your kids up for a summer camp.
  • July – September 2017: Summer Camps for students
  • October 7 & 8, 2017: First big & official Cardboard Combat Bot Competition at Maker Faire San Diego.

Here are the components if you would like to build your own bot:

Part # Component Vendor Qty Price
Base Kit
http://www.banggood.com/Plastic-Robot-Wheel-Tire-With-DC3-6v-Gear-Motor-For-Smart-Car-Arduino-p-1044526.html?rmmds=category Banggood 2 $6.04
ESP-12E/L293DD ESP8266 Dev Board+ L293D Motor Shield Tindie 1 $10.00
1155 6 AA Battery Holder Pololu 1 $1.40
Servo Optional for Weapon
1046 Power HD Mini Servo HD-1160A Pololu 1 $7.95
Brushless Motor / ESC Optional for Weapon
A2212 Hobbypower 1000kv Brushless Motor + 30a ESC for Multicopter 450 X525 Quadcopter Amazon 1 $16.49

You will also need to have 6 AA batteries. We recommend that you use rechargeable batteries since they’re better for the environment and you’ll go through lots of batteries due to endless hours of fun!

Here’s the link to Jeff’s Github page so you can set up the controller for your bot: https://github.com/jmalins/BattleBot-Control

We are still working on the rules for the competition and will have them posted soon.