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Build The Basic Robot
Submitted by paulstreats on November 30, 2007 - 8:30pm.
Build The Basic Bug
Before we get stuck into the tutorial, it would be handy to know what you are going to need for the basic bug base.
Below is a table of materials and parts you will be needing with an approximate price and then there will be another list of tools you will be likely to need.
Below is a list of the electronics I used, It would be possible to use the circuit board from the $50 robot meaning that you would only need the servo's from the list (if you plan on building this robot and use the below parts, you will need some way to program the pic mcu. A pic programmer can cost an extra $25 - $200, although I plan on writing a "build your own PIC programmer tutorial soon")
Below Is the list of building materials you will need to gather, the flat plastic can be any hard plastic sheeting such as pvc. The Polymorph granules are a type of plastic that you drop into hot water where it becomes mouldable like modelling dough, once it cools down it hardens into whatever shape you mould it which is then machinable. It can be re - used simply by putting it back into hot water.
You Will Also Require The Following List Of Tools / Products:
-Coping Saw (Or Electric Jigsaw)
-Needle Nose Pliers
-Acetone or cellulose Based Paint Thinners / SuperGlue / Acetone (to stick the plastic sheeting together)
-small cheap artists paint prush
-small phillips screw driver
-Drill with a selection of drill bits
If your computer has a serial port, it is also recommended to get this RS-232 Shifter Board