Introduction: How to Build the SimpleBotics SimpleBot!

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The SimpleBot is one of SimpleBotic's first robots, and its a pretty fun kit.
This little critter is under $15.00 and makes a great project for kids, teens, and adults!
Here is what you will need to build your very own SimpleBot.

1x pagermotor
1x LED (you pick the color)
1x CR2032 battery holder
1x CR2032 battery
1x paperclip


1x heatshrink tubing (again, you pick the color)


soldering iron

Step 1: Setting Up the Body

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First off, were gonna have to make the chassis for our little bot. The first step is get your LED and a piece of heatshrink if you chose to use heatshrink, and if you didnt skip this step. Now, clip a piece off of the heat shrink then put it over the LED put leave the tip of the LED visible so it can still emit light. Then get your soldering iron and shrink up that heatshrink.

Now the second step is get the battery pack and locate the "-" lead and the "+" lead and then solder on the LED leads to the leads on the battery pack. We have now set up our robots body.

Step 2: Preparing the Motor and Legs

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This step is fairly easy, all you need to do is trim the wires to a short length, and bend your paperclips to small "legs". After you have bent your paperclip "legs" you can now add heatshrink tubing to the legs for extra "pizzaz."

Step 3: Putting It All Together

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Now that we have all of our parts ready and assembled we can wire on the motor and attach the legs. So first off you need to solder on your motor wires to the battery holder and then hotglue on the metal legs.

Step 4: Your All Done!

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Congrats, your all done creating your very own SimpleBot! Thanks for reading and have fun building other robot critters! Remember to check out,


lacs98 (author)2011-09-22

Awesome! Great job!

jeppedra9 (author)2011-08-22

This is really funny, thanks for the idea.
A little tip, do not make the legs too long, or glue a nut underneath so that the robot does not tip over.

simplebotics (author)jeppedra92011-08-23

Thanks, and if you like howto videos, tech reviews, and more, check out my youtube channel! I really appreciate the comment too :) !

jwoo2023 (author)2011-08-16

This is one of my fave vibrots on this site.

simplebotics (author)jwoo20232011-08-19

Thanks, it means a lot to me!

jwoo2023 (author)simplebotics2011-08-20

I like how they light up! I LOVE leds!

Matrix-technician (author)2011-03-08

Wow, you did a really great job. This is one of my fave vibrots on this site. keep up the good work!

TXTCLA55 (author)2011-03-06

Great instructable, but the photos should be bigger and more clear :/ other than that it looks like a quick simple project that anyone can do! thanks for posting!

simplebotics (author)TXTCLA552011-03-06

thanks for commenting and next time i will use a canon HD camera. thanks for subbing too!

Kaptain Kool (author)2011-03-04

Great insructable. This would be a good starter project in robotics.

Kiteman (author)2011-03-04

You could really do with larger, brighter photos (are these video screenshots?)

You can keep the cost down far below $15 by using motors from old electroc toothbrushes (the kind that just buzz instead of spinning the head around).

simplebotics (author)Kiteman2011-03-04

thanks and the photo thing wasnt working correctly and i also found out that you can use old cell phones and get the motors from them. thanks so much for commenting i cant tell you how appreciative i feel when someone comments and btw have you seen my robot blog,

Kiteman (author)simplebotics2011-03-04

Phones, and pagers, but old toothbrushes are cheaper and easier to come by.

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