Introduction: A New Way to Make an Aluminium Alloy Robot

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With modularized mechanical structures, electronic modules, and Arduino programming, I made this aulminium alloy robot with Makeblock. (Now they are on Kickstarter, and many super-value kits are available.

Step 1: Tools

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Tools needed: Screw drivers and a plier.

Step 2: Prepare Motors

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The tank is two motor drived. So I first need to make two motors possible to be installed onto the beam structure.
First solder the wires and the connectors to the motor.
Then add the motor bracket.

Step 3: Prepare Wheels

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Two 90T wheels with shaft connector needs to be installed onto the motors.
Two 90T wheels and  twelve 66T wheels with flange bearing are needed.

Step 4: Prepare All the Neccessary Parts

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Beams with different length
Tracks
screws
plates
wheels
motors
tools

Step 5: Make the Frame Structre

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Connect two beams with a plate to make a long beam.

Step 6: Install Two Motors

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Step 7: Install the Wheels

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90T wheels were installed on the end, while the 66T wheels installed in the middle.

Step 8: Fasten Screws

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Make sure all the wheels fastened.

Step 9: Add the Track

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The track is chainable, so that I can change the length per needed.

Step 10: The Tank Subbase Is Ready

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The basic tank is ready. if you add the drivring circuits and a Microcontroller, it is controllable.

Step 11: Prepare the Robot Arm and Hand

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I also prepared the robot arm and hand for the tank.

Step 12: Install the Arm

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The arm was driven by a geared DC motor with timing belt. The servo can be used to control the robot hand.

Step 13: Prepare the Electronic Moddules

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I also prepared the Arduino compatible electronic modules. They can drive 3 DC motors, two servos, and be controllable remotely by infrared controller.

Step 14: Install the Hand and the Electronics

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Step 15: Done

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I haven't finished the progrmming and test. Once finished, more videos will be posted here. Just keep an eye on it.
Have fun!

Comments

NyghtStar (author)2014-11-09

Wondering where you got your parts from?

minishaw64 (author)2013-01-02

Is there a way to make that into a 3 sided track rather than having it 4 sided?

martzsam (author)2012-12-29

WOW. I can see this kind of thing becoming VERY popular in the future.

Leolite (author)2012-12-27

Makeblock! very nice!

shad0w88 (author)2012-12-15

Hey,
what are those blue plastic storage things at the back called? arent there mounting materials available for them?

kz1 (author)2012-12-15

Do you have a source I could purchase the tracks from. If they're chainable one shold be able to purchase in varying lengths, correct.

schang10 (author)kz12012-12-15

Makeblock is not selling the tracks seperately for now. Maybe later. Just keep an eye on their website.

Lectric Wizard (author)2012-12-14

It would be great if you sold individual parts. There are so many things these could be used for but buying as a kit is not practical.

schang10 (author)Lectric Wizard2012-12-14

Hi Lectric,
Thanks for your comment.
Maybe later we will provide some individual parts for the advanced makers. But at present, we think a complete kit is better for the beginners.

ned98 (author)2012-12-13

where did you got the aluminium parts?

schang10 (author)ned982012-12-13

You may get them here.

JmsDwh (author)schang102012-12-13

So this is a kit you are selling on kickstarter?

schang10 (author)JmsDwh2012-12-13

Not exactly, but you can make a similar one with Ultimate Kit.