We started a new robotics class this year as a supplement to the robotics club. Three of us seniors are helping to teach the new incoming freshmen how to build a bot. Today they were drilling holes in the brackets they will be using to put together the frame of their bots when this happened. There wasn’t excessive heat as we were drilling through 8th inch aluminum and only at most two in a row, and then a short break, and starting again. I don’t see how we could have built up enough heat on this bit to bend it, as it is a Dewalt titanium bit.
Well, we had a pretty good laugh out of it, and I made sure to tell the freshie who was doing the drilling not to worry about it so hopefully he doesn’t feel to bad about it. As our class continues to work on their bots I’ll be sure to post some pictures. They are building three separate bots, one for each group of 5 freshmen, and the bots are using the IFI controller, globe motors for drive, the standard KOP wheels, and various other FIRST legal parts. In fact, as far as I am aware these robots would technically be FIRST legal besides the fact they aren’t being built during build season. Not to mention they are going to be less then 60 pounds when finished, even with battery.