Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
My dog libby died last year from a un-known brain disorder. I was inspired by the sadness of here death to find the resolve and courage to build my next sculpture:"Robot Libby"
With some financial help from the Crucible and a hard dead line of July 12th 2007 i set out to build the ultimate fire sculpture robot, and in exactly 35 days she was completed and delivered to the 2007 Fire Arts Festival.
My largest solo sculpture, Libby represents a leap into electro-hydraulic animation control systems with multi fuel forced air fire sculpture driven around on top. She is currently using a Futaba T12za transmitter with a custom Nathan Mariels control board driving the switches and blower control. The batterys are 4 12volt 100ah batterys salvaged from UPS which have issues, and are to be replaced by the latest battery technology.
Future work is to include finishing the stainless and bronze skin and adding a high powered ignition system for her "eye ball". So stay tune,ill post new progress and better images soon.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Ralph's car, built by Orion Fredericks and Justin Gray (me) Orion did the fabrication and fuel system, and I did the manual and wireless control systems. Its 1991 Taylor Dunn Electric service car with two 10 gallon propane tanks running two remote controlled flame cannons.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
ACR1: Justin Gray, Todd Kollin
Owner : Richard Hatfield of Alliance Renewable energy inc
Electric Motorsport of Oakland Ca debut of the AC inductance Yamaha R1. This revolutionary electric motorcycle is powered by a 550amp 84v AC inductance electric drive system providing 54HP and 81 ftlbs of toque allowing the vehicle to attain speeds of over 100mph. Builders Justin Gray, Todd Kollin, and sponsor Richard Hatfield of Alliance Renewable Energy created the Electric motorcycle to provide a Zero Emissions alternative to sport bike riders and commuters. The final build will have a 8.1 kW lithium iron phosphate battery pack that will power the vehicle for a 100 mile range.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
A tribute to Darwin:
Rarely do I go off one of my pets (robots) but Darwin really kicks some ass. Never mind the fact that his 4x4 drive systems have met and beat the toughest challenges (driving straight through a 1900 degree bon fire) but he also has 6 monumental scale tesla coil direct strikes and flame ignition (tesla coil ignites his fire) under his belt! He just gets soooo fired up when some one thinks they can kill him with a tesla coil. HAH! (knock on wood Darwin).
This past summer, he had his proud SRL debut, he ran , jumped, played, crashed and screamed , with the super big boys. A 40 minute show of blood , fire and sheer robotic terror was faced gallantly by my little Darwin. Thanks Christian Ristow for inviting me/us to be a part of his psycho off the hook robot shows In LA too. Its this experience that has allowed me and my robot to gain the confidence and agility smash through with SRL.
This is yet unnamed, although some nasty agro names do pop into mind when i look at it.
its completely hacked up mauldin asphalt paving machine that i bought on ebay for $300 bucks. Once the hacking was finished i installed a Mitsubishi L3E diesel engine, with a vickers hydraulic pump for hydraulic power and a big ol’ hydraulic reservoir the rest is still on the drawing board. the plan is to get it driving under its own power by July. (head to the grind stone).
also , keep in mind, it will look nothing like this when I am done, accept for the tracks. but even the tracks will look slightly different. i like to think that i am a sculptor and a robot builder, i want to gracefully merge the two, but in some case accentuate the prevalent seem between the two worlds.
Fabricated materials: stainless steel, bronze, and copper.
I always say “ if you cant hide it accentuate it”
The screech (based off a sound generated by Darwin)
Cant think of any more. Its hard to name these things. but what is in a name.