Triforce is a Scottish heavyweight robot which was planned to compete in Series 10 of Robot Wars. However, despite successfully being selected for the series, it encountered mobility issues prior to filming, and was forced to withdraw from its heat as a result.

Design[edit | edit source]

The internals of Triforce

Triforce is an invertible, circular-shaped robot incorporating a ring spinner, which at the time of its initial completion was powered by two brushless motors. The spinner is capable of rotating at up to 1,800rpm, and at 2,500rpm when the robot itself spins on the spot, delivering over 120kJ of kinetic energy. Triforce used a unique locomotion setup, featuring three drive units containing two small wheels mounted on top of each other. Each of the robot's drive units was positioned in a triangular layout, giving it omnidirectional movement. The armoured rim consisted of 35mm thick HARDOX 500[1], while the robot's top and bottom were armoured with aluminium. However, Triforce's overall ground clearance was extremely low, which in conjunction with its soft wheels resulted in it having a lack of grip on the arena floor.

The robot's name comes from its unique three-wheeled drive system, and the original design for the spinning ring which had only 3 blades welded to the rim spinner.

Qualification[edit | edit source]

CAD of Triforce

Triforce first attempted to enter Series 9, and applied with CAD renders as the robot's construction was in its infancy. It was not selected to compete in Series 9, but continued to be worked on by Team Triforce, and was eventually selected to compete in Series 10 via an open application. However, upon testing it in the main arena after arrival, the team discovered that Triforce lacked controlled movement, and withdrew from the competition.

Robot History[edit | edit source]

Series 10[edit | edit source]

Triforce in the pits

Triforce was intended to compete in Heat 4, where it would have faced Iron-Awe 6 and The Kegs. However, when it entered the Robot Wars Arena for testing (it was deemed too unsafe to run in the standard testing arena), Triforce's mobility issues were discovered, and the team withdrew. Triforce was then replaced by Tauron.

Series Record[edit | edit source]

Series Triforce Series Record
Series 1-7 Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Not selected
Series 10 Withdrew

Outside Robot Wars[edit | edit source]

Following its withdrawal from Series 10, Triforce underwent further revisions, including the replacement of its aluminium top and baseplates with HARDOX ones to resolve its ground clearance issues.[2][3] The robot later received a more substantial rebuild, including a switch from a three-wheel drive to two-wheel drive system, as well as the addition of custom-made holonomic wheels and a three-motor weapon system for the rim spinner[4]. In this revised form, Triforce has appeared at events as a static display, at one point appearing alongside Series 7 champion Typhoon 2[5]. Triforce signed up to the first Extreme Robots event of 2019 at Bolton but it never fought as the speed controllers were not programmed to the machine in time.

Elevate in August 2018

In August 2018, Team Triforce built a featherweight drum spinner called Elevate for live events, which made its debut at the inaugural King of Bots UK championship at Insomnia 63, Birmingham. Elevate was due to face front-hinged flippers Amnesia and Strix in its first qualification round, but was not able to be ready in time to take part in the battle. However, it was able to compete in its remaining qualification rounds, where it lost to Nigel Barrage and Nelly the Ellybot respectively, the latter after Elevate was immobilised by Telekinesis. It also competed in the eight-way whiteboard battle, but was flipped over by X-303.

Elevate 2 in August 2019

In mid-2019, Team Triforce completed Elevate 2, boasting a large 5kg drum with top speeds of over 10,000rpm. It debuted at Robodojo in July 2019, although issues with its weapon plagued it throughout the event, and it lost its four fights to Drumroll, Get Shrekt, Captain Jack Spinnah and Burnout. Elevate 2 returned for the UK Featherweight Championship in 2019, but lost all four of its fights in its heat to Amnesia, Revolver, Blunt Force Trauma 3 and Plastic Fantastic, only collecting a win by default over Virus. However, it instead managed to win the Tag Team title, alongside Forge Master 2.

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