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64 Wedge.

64 Wedge was a middleweight robot built by Team Rotordesign which competed in Season 5.0 of BattleBots. It was a box-shaped robot with no active weapon and hinged skirting all around. It performed decently in its only season, winning two fights before being defeated in the round of 128.

After BattleBots ended, 64 Wedge was renamed Max Wedge and did much better, becoming one of the most successful middleweights on the live circuit and even winning a RoboGames competition in its weight class. This success gave 64 Wedge an honorable mention in the Combat Robot Hall of Fame.

The builders of Max Wedge was also a part of the team that built Ziggy.

On February 7, 2015, Max Wedge was put up for sale. It was bought by Paul Ventimiglia, of Bite Force fame.

Design & Specifications

64wedge internals

64 Wedge's internals

Bot Detail Specification
Drive motors 2 Generic Magmotors driving 2 wheels on each side using Kevlar Belts and pullies.
Wheels 4 Colson wheels
Power Source 2 12v Battlepacks
Speed Controller OSMC Speed Controller
Body 2024 aluminum base with .040" Titanium sheets on top and bottom. 4 hinged titanium skirts on all sides using steel piano hinges.
Weight 118.7 lbs

Robot History

Season 5.0

64 Wedge's first battle was against Two-Fisted. The two robots slowly drove out, and 64 Wedge charged, getting underneath Two-Fisted and eventually slamming it into the spike strip. This happened again, and eventually 64 Wedge took some hits from Two-Fisted's weapon. The match ended and 64 Wedge won on a 29-16 judge's decision.

64 Wedge then went up against Mirror Image. Mirror Image charged 64 Wedge at full speed, and 64 Wedge managed to sidestep the charge, sending Mirror Image flying into the spike strip. Mirror Image stopped moving, but 64 Wedge pushed Mirror Image off the spike strip and slammed it back into the spike strip. Mirror Image still couldn't move, and so 64 Wedge won by knockout.

Edge was 64 Wedge's next opponent. This was a close battle, with both robots being aggressive and using their wedges effectively. At one point 64 Wedge's front wedge hit a seam in the BattleBox floor, knocking the robot upwards, bending the front wedge and slowing 64 Wedge down. So, the driver simply hit the robot's inversion switch and drove backwards. This fixed the problem, and so the match resumed normally. Eventually, the fight ended. However, the judges rule a 23-22 decision for The Edge, mostly due to the damage 64 Wedge sustained when it hit the seam.

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 1
Wins Losses
Season 5.0

Two-Fisted

Mirror Image

Edge

Outside BattleBots

Maxwedge

Max Wedge after BattleBots ended.

Shortly after BattleBots ended, Max Wedge competed in the inaugural Steel Conflict, where it went 2-2 and achieved a notorious upset victory against former BattleBots champion Hazard, before losing to the same robot in a rematch in the loser's bracket. One of the skirts that were torn off was given to Hazard's next opponent, Auction Block, to be used for added protection.
Auction Block before Hazard fight

Max Wedge's titanium skirt attached to Auction Block's wedge.

Max Wedge would also compete in the second and fourth Steel Conflict competition in its rebuilt form, winning the championship in the second competition and losing in the quarter finals in the fourth competition to Devil's Plunger and Psychotron in the loser's bracket.

Max Wedge also competed in the 2003 RFL Triangle Series Nationals, winning the whole event. The next year, it competed in the Southwest Division Championships, the inaugural ROBOLympics, and the 2004 RFL Nationals, finishing on top in all three events.

The following year, it competed in RoboGames 2005, earning the silver medal and finishing runner-up to Nasty Attitude. Max Wedge made its last appearance in the 2005 RFL Nationals, where it did not compete, and it was retired afterwards.

See Also

Max Wedge

References

Team Rotordesign's Steel Conflict Blog

http://www.rotordesign.com/

Max Wedge's Builder's Database profile

Team Rotordesign's BattleBots Blog

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