The Home of Kraken – BattleBot

…and a bunch of other mechanical mayhem. Here we’ll document the build of Kraken and her friends as well as provide tips to help new builders get started.

If you want to see Kraken, and the rest of the team, watch BattleBots on Discovery Channel starting Friday May 11th at 8 PM.

About

CE Robots began as a family affair and continues that tradition, but we’ve added a few “family” members along the way. Our first event was Robocide in Orlando, Florida January 2nd and 3rd, 2003. We’ve been hooked on smashing other peoples things ever since. Now 15 years (and over 40 competitions) since that first event, we’ve achieved a childhood goal of competing on BattleBots.

Team Members

Captain – Matthew Spurk

The first member of the team, and the driving force behind CE Robots. Matt is the designer, engineer, lead fabricator, and driver of Kraken. He has an unquenchable thirst for combat. He has spent every day since that fateful day in January trying to amass as much knowledge about combat robots as possible, and attempts to share that knowledge with anyone willing to talk bots.

Sara Spurk

One of the original members of the team. Sara provided a guiding hand in the design, look, and feel for Kraken. She is a perfectionist and worked to make certain every detail on Kraken was exactly right. On top of being in the shop every night turning wrenches, working the fiberglass, and painting everything in sight, she also spent the entire day organizing the sponsors, making the pirate costumes, getting all the paperwork in order, and just owning life.

Cayden & Ethan Spurk

Some people have been building bots for a long time, but few people can claim they’ve been building bots since birth. The bash brothers have been competing since they were old enough to hold a remote. They’ve taken naps at events, woken up, and gone on to win matches. These two can game. Oh and they are also pretty capable fabricators.

 

Robots

Pics from Southeast Combot Championships. Tampa, FL 4-9-16

 

 

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Our 1 pound antweight Tiny Destructo gets a nice flip in on Verbal Irony. Verbal Irony would come back to win this match when TD stopped unexpectedly. It would later be discovered that the receiver had reset in the middle of the match, and likely would have come back on, but we tapped out to prevent taking unnecessary damage.

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Our 220 pound Heavyweight robot Old Iron gets under Ag-gresive during a heavyweight bout. Old Iron was easily the oldest bot in the competition having fought originally under the name 4-Letter Word back on January 1st, 2003.

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Chainsaw is up to full speed in this match. Ant from hell threw a belt early in the match, chainsaw threw his entire blade later in the match, but Chainsaw was able to out push Ant from Hell and got a couple nice pins to secure the victory.

 

Pics from Clash of the Bots. Gastonia, NC 6-6-15

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BOB (Big Ol’Blade) gets his blade embedded in the floor after a victory dance following his match against Project: Terminus

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One of these things is not like the other. Our 12 pound Hockey Bot (named High Sticking) is made nearly entirely out of wood. The wood motors were the hardest part. Obviously, I’m just joking. The wood receiver was much harder.

CE Robots joined forces with Team Rolling Thunder to form Team Scotch Pies and ultimately took second place in the tournament.

Bot Hockey is a ton of fun. Check out our Mini Bot Hockey rules for a new class of hockey bots we’re working on.

Tech Tips

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A Servo Primer

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