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wolfy_9005:
For our science project at school we decided to make a "flying" robot. We are reasonably new to making robots, but know the basics. We just need some help with the flapping motion of the wings. Anyone wanna help me?

Anything will help.

ed1380:
RC airplane with a microcontroller and guidance system? I don't think it is possible to make a machine capable of flying by flapping wings.

Eco19R:
They actually have - there is an RC toy on the radio shack website that uses wings for lift -

This is all conjecture but it seems that if you wanted to mount a microcontroller to a flying base a RC helicopter would be the best solution.

JonHylands:
I think building an ornithopter robot would be pretty cool.

Here are some interesting ideas for the base (I posted these in Misc a few days ago):

http://flappingflight.com/
http://www.ornithopter.org/store/rc.html
http://www.raidentech.com/3rarecorcepo.html
http://www.indoor.flyer.co.uk/orni.htm

- Jon

Admin:
check this link out for more inspirational videos
http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=400.0

i believe all ornithopters use 4 bar linkages to convert from rotational to flapping motion.
here is a webpage to simulate one for your design
http://www.cden-rcci.mcmaster.ca/VisLinkage/index.html

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