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gamefreak:
I can figure out how to get the simple electonics working(sensors,servos,etc.) but i cant figure out how to actually put it together, i havent taken any mechanics/woodworking classes in school yet so im fairly clueless, since i dont know how to build a frame and put everything on it i cant use DC motors and gears.

Also i want to start building non-school related projects soon and i wont have help from my shop teacher for them, are there any tutorials out there for ignorant builders like me?

Steve Joblin:
First off, let's clarify your comment... "ignorant" people are those that don't want to learn... you do, so you are not ignorant... maybe a bit inexperienced though? :)

So you seem to have a good grasp on the electronics and the programming, but on the mechanics...

I would start by looking at other robots for inspiration.  I have seen robots built using old CD's as frames.  I have also seen just about everything else used as well.

Have you considered buying a chasis?

gamefreak:
i would rather not buy a chassis, rather i would like to build my own, which of course causes more problems.


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how does that work? the only use i could think for cds are as wheels.

Brandon121233:
How big do you want it to be? Is the first question. The best thing to use as a beginner would be a plastic base since its very easy to work with, cut, drill... I think someone else mentioned this in another topic posted here and I though it was a good idea of just going to like walmart and get a plastic cutting board (rather thin like 1/4 inch) and if you don't have one already invest in a good jig saw (you will use it all the time for building bases or for cutting robot parts) and cut out the shape you want. I hope this helped, if you want any other tips on something a little more specific just ask.

JesseWelling:
This makes good stuff. I'm using it to attach all of my electronics to my RC car base.
http://www.budgetrobotics.com/shop/?shop=1&cart=408639&cat=103&

they also have alot of pre made solutions for decent prices.

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