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Step 2: Setup

Picture of Setup
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Before we embark on this journey of building a RoboBrrd, there are some parts that you will need and some tools!

Parts needed:

Electronics
- 2 Large Servos
- 2 Micro Servos
- 2 Light Dependant Resistors aka Photocells
- 2 RGB LEDs
- 1 Arduino
- 1 Proto Screwshield
- 1 Spool of wire
- 1 USB B Cable for Arduino (you probably already have one)
- 1 Speaker
- 2x 1k Ohm resistors
- 6x 100 Ohm resistors
- 4x 3 Pin double sided male headers - for connecting the servo plugs

Voltage Regulator Circuit
- 1x LM317
- 1x 5k Trimpot
- 2x 10uF Electrolytic capacitors
- 1x 280 Ohm Resistor
- 7x 100 Ohm Resistors
- 2x 1N4001 Diodes
- 1x 2.1cm DC barel jack
- 2x 2-pin Male headers
- 1x 2-Terminal screw terminal
- 3x 5-pin Female headers

DC Motor Circuit
- 3x 0.1uF Ceramic capacitors
- 1x TIP 120
- 1x 1N4001 Diode
- 1x 100uF Electrolytic capacitor
- 1x 2-Terminal screw terminal

Construction
- Popsicle sticks (~$3 at Walmart)
- Coffee stir sticks ($1 at Dollarama)
- Craft sticks (~$4 at Walmart)
- Paints, felt, foam (~$10 at Walmart)
- Pipecleaners (~$3 at Walmart)
- Googely eyes (~$2 at Walmart)
- Dual Lock ($5 at Staples)
- Sticky Tack ($5 at Staples)
- Strong sculpting wire ($2 at local hobby store?)


Tools:
- Awl (sharp poking tool)
- Xacto knife
- Scissors
- Pliers
- Wire strippers
- Wire cutters
- Soldering iron
- Solder & wire
- Desoldering pump
- File
- Screwdriver
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Sharpie
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks


Timeline
Building a RoboBrrd takes some time if you are working by yourself. If you have someone helping you, it can be done in about 8 hours. Below is an approximate amount of time that it took me to create this RoboBrrd for each of the steps.

- 2.50 hr : Faces Construction
- 1.50 hr : Beak & Wings Construction
- 1.00 hr : Base Construction
- 2.00 hr : Beak Mechanism
- 0.50 hr : Wings & Servos
- 0.50 hr : Rotational Servo
- 1.50 hr : Hula Hoop
- 1.25 hr : LM317
- 0.50 hr : TIP 120 & DC Motor
- 2.00 hr : Proto-Screw Shield
- 0.75 hr : Wiring
- 0.50 hr : Calibration & Testing
- 1.50 hr : Felting
- 0.75 hr : Foaming
- 0.75 hr : Behaviours
- 1.50 hr : Dances
- 0.50 hr : Final Touches
- 1.00 hr : Above & Beyond

Total time: 20.5 hours (it is best to split this across multiple days - perhaps 2 weekends)

Note: All of the dimensions in this Instructable are in centimeters, with the exception of the CAD illustrations which are in millimeters.
 
slopes23 years ago
Hi ! I really love your project. I'm trying to make a Robobrrd but it's not easy to find the different parts in France. Could you give me more details about them ( references for the electronics and circuits). Thanks a lot!! And once again : BRAVO !