Monday, August 27, 2007

[Robodock] Show Title

A Complete Mastery of Sinister Forces

Employed With Callous Disregard To Produce Catastrophic Changes In The Natural Order of Events

Old school long show title! Mark is also coming up with a poster soon. Stay on top of what the crew is up to on the Official SRL Robodock page

Saturday, August 25, 2007

[Robodock] Last Crew Meeting at the SRL Shop in SF!

The crew gathered one last time at the SRL Shop in San Francisco to go over details for the trip to Amsterdam. Mark also showed us pictures of the new shop up north! Lots of space for all the machines! No more moving of 3 machines to get to the one you want to work on. Each machine will have it's own 'stall'!

This familiar sight will be missed!

Crew meeting:

Saturday, August 11, 2007

[Robodock] Machines that are en route to Robodock!

Stationary Machines

Little Arm

The small arm (12 ft. long) *usually* on the Screw Machine. It can be controlled remotely by a human via the arm controller (gesture based interface).

Shockwave Cannon

This giant stationary device forms vortex rings of air and projects the rings at high speeds. It's barrel is approximately 20 ft.

Original Air Launcher

A high pressure launcher that uses bursts of air to project weighted soda pop cans with a range of 100 meters

New Mr. Satan

Based on the original Mr. Satan robot from the 1980s, the head of the original was 3D-scanned and milled out of a 300 lb
block of solid stainless steel. There is a furnace attached to it from behind where flames can be blown out threw the
heads 'eyes' and 'mouth'. It will be attached to the Bombloader.

Large Pulse Jets

5 150 pound thrust pulse jet engines

Williams Jet

The engine is part of an Auxillary Power Unit (APU) NAVAIR 03-105BD-1, manufactured by Williams Research (now Williams International ) to start aircraft. The starter is hydraulic, and would require a large "mule" (electric motor and hydraulic pump) to start the engine. A Mitsubishi car starter was attached to the engine so the hydraulic starter could be removed. Used at SRL shows for sound and flame effects.

Flame Saucer

This devise disperses fire horizontally in all directions creating a 40'
disk of flame. It utilizes a plenum chamber to store the propane and a large
valve that releases the gas to a shape nozzle that makes the disk shape.

Mobile Machines


A replica of a WWII German-designed buzz bomb jet engine, modified to produce low frequency acoustic output (45 hertz) rather than thrust.


The loudest robot in the world at 150 decibels. Louder than a cruise missile until it blows up. A 27hp motor provides lift while
2 pulse jets are used for steering.

Running Machine

An elegantly designed six-legged, remote-controlled machine that walks at approx. 5-6 mph with a manipulator arm with various attachments such as claws, stabbing knives, etc.


Large, remote-controlled wheeled machine moves with either a crabbing or inching motion, and has a large vertical jaw mounted on the front that can grab and carry props.

Screw Machine

The Screw Machine is a radio-controlled machine driven via a complex chained gear system. Its wheels are smaller metal wheels threaded around cylinders similar to the threads in a screw, hence the name.

Dual Mules

2 Master Mover tugs normally used for moving industrial materials, connected by a steel beam. It is radio controlled and has an unusual, slow-moving gait where one tug follows the other.


A military bomb loader typically used for loading ammunition onto aircraft, the SRL version is radio-controlled and various attachments are added in place of military weapons or ammunition, such as the Boeing, Hand-O-God, and for this show, Mr. Satan.

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Prop (to be built onsite)

Another in a series of mechanized props. This device consists of two 4ft "wheels" attached to a gear box. it is driven
+by a wheelchair motor, and is "steered" by the objects it runs into.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

[Robodock] Bon Voyage SRL Machines!

That's it! The container left yesterday August 1 to be shipped out of Oakland and around the Cape and on to NDSM Wharf. Many thanks to all the crew's late nights and hard work stuffing it all in.

According to Todd "The sideloader weighed the the container in at a gross weight of
54,300 lbs. give or take 800 lbs. So that means we loaded 45,480 lbs. of stuff"

Photo from Todd Blair

Despite the shop half empty, it's amazing how it's still not what you would call 'bare'.

The container is tightly packed with every square inch filled with something! Here Jon Sarriugarte finds some room for a pulse jet:

Before I left for the night the load crew were still having to cram in the Hovercraft, Screw Machine, Inchworm Head, Air Launcher and various tool boxes, generators, welders, and misc. boxes. Here Brian and Todd get the Hovercraft ready to go in next:

If only Brian had power of levitation!

Joanne gets a forklift lesson

The machines we're taking along are (and for some of them this is not their first trip to Europe!): Running Machine, Inchworm, V1, Shockwave Cannon, Little Arm, Screw Machine, original Air Launcher, Hovercraft, Dual Mules, several large Pulse Jets, Bombloader and Satan furnace. We'll be building the usual elaborate props there and the requisite ammo too.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

[Robodock] How to get the Little Arm into a Container

Step 1 - Position the Little Arm like this (well for this load, that is the position):

Step 2 - DON'T DO THIS!

Step 3 - Support the 'head' with a strap, leading it in like a pony:

Step 4 -

Step 5 - You need a long person like Kent to pull things into place:

Little Arm load - Step 5 from k0re and Vimeo.

Step 6 - Once inside, put a dolly under the front leg to make it easier to push in

You may also have to 'ride' on the back leg so it doesnt pitch too far to one side

Little Arm Container Load - STep 6 from k0re and Vimeo.

Step 7 - Manually re-position the arm/head to make it fit better

Little Arm Container Load - Step 7 from k0re and Vimeo.

The nylon feet make it easy for big crew members to skooch it in even more: