Introduction: How to Build a Robot From Scratch

Have you already though about building a robot that can be remotely controlled using your smartphone?
If yes, this short intractable is for you! I will show you the step by step method that you can use for any of your projects to be able to start from an idea and create a complete robot or system by yourself.

For this project, we will use the Arduino/Genuino 101 board to create our Robot. So, let's just Make it!

Step 1: Create the Sketch

First of all, we will need to have an idea on how our robot will look like. We will first need to create the sketch of our Robot with all the electronic components that we will integrate in the body of the Robot. By doing that we have a first estimate of the shape of the robot, but also the placement of all the electronic components.
This step is the most important one as all the following steps will be based on it!

Step 2: Create the 3D Models

Next, by using a 3D CAD software, we can create the complete 3D model of the Robot. They are plenty of CAD software that you could use, but we decided to use Solidworks for our project as it has all the features that we need.

The image above shows the complete 3D model of the robot with all the electronic components integrated in the Upper Body.

Step 3: Manufacture the 3D Parts

Now that we have created all the parts of the robot, it is time to use a 3D printer to get the physical parts in our hands. Below you can download the STL files of the robot.

BBot's 3D STL Parts:

Step 4: Order the Electronic Components

Step 5: Assemble Everything Together

Now, it is time to create the electronic circuit and assemble our Robot. This step is quite straightforward!
Because we have previously created the 3D model of the Robot with the electronics already integrated in the upper body, we know exactly where each electronic component goes. We just now have to create the complete electronic circuit by connecting the sensors/actuators to our Arduino/Genuino 101 board and then place the board and components in the upper body of our robot.

Step 6: Upload the Code

Almost done!! You can now upload the code to the Arduino/Genuino 101 board to start seeing the magic!

Here is a starter code that we have created that uses the BBot robot as an smart alarm clock.

Download the code

Step 7: Congratulation!

That's it! You should now have your robot up and running!
I like the look of the Neopixel ring on the "chest" of the robot with nice colors and behaviour patterns that can be created. I also like the robot to be used as an ambiance light that can generate music (Because there is a piezo electric buzzer in the font of the upper body, you can also generate tones with the robot).

To Learn More, feel free to check our Complete Course on Udemy:

Complete Udemy Course

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Stay awesome and Just Make it!

Comments

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DIYmakerGUY made it! (author)2017-05-07

Wow really cool project!

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makersecrets made it! (author)makersecrets2017-05-08

Thanks! It was really fun working on it actually!!

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DIYmakerGUY made it! (author)DIYmakerGUY2017-05-08

You should check out my 3d printer that i made out of legos it was realy fun too

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DIY Hacks and How Tos made it! (author)2017-05-07

Cool! I would love to make my own BB8.

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makersecrets made it! (author)makersecrets2017-05-08

Yeah it could be cool, that will be our next project ;)

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