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Simple Bots: Scoop

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There are so many Simple Bots that sweep and scrub, that I felt it only appropriate to make one that picks up after them. Scoop does just that. It pushes itself around and systematically scoops up whatever lies in its path. Well... maybe "systematically" is too strong of a word to use in describing it, but it definitely gets an A+ for effort. If there is one thing that Scoop Bot wants to do more than anything else in this world, that is scoop. There is not a man, woman, ice cream server, or investigative journalist alive, quite as dedicated to scooping.


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Step 1: Go get stuff

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You will need:

(x2) continuous rotation servo modified for direct drive**
(x1) 3 x AA battery holder
(x1) dust pan
(x1) 12" aluminum ruler
(x2) casters
(x10) 4-40 x 3/8" nuts and bolts
(x8) 10-24 x 3/4" nuts and bolts
(x8) rubber feet
(x1) assorted zip ties

**Modify your servos for direct drive here

Step 2: Attach

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Firmly zip tie the servos to the handle of the dust pan such that they are pointing out opposite each other.

Step 3: Remove and drill

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Remove the servo horn from the servos.

Drill 1/8" holes into each of the corners of the servo horn.

Step 4: Cut

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Cut two 3-1/2" sections of ruler.

Step 5: Mark and drill

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Place the servo horn along the edge of one of the sections of ruler. Make a mark in each of the four mounting holes. Repeat for the second section of ruler.

Drill 1/8" holes where each of these marks were placed.

Step 6: Drill again

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Take each section of ruler and place a centered mark 1/4" from the edge on the side that has not been drilled yet.

Where this mark was made, drill a 1/4" hole.

Step 7: Reattach

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Reattach the servo horns to the servos.

Step 8: Fasten

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Fasten the ruler sections to the servo horns using 3/8" nuts and bolts.

Step 9: Remove the wheel

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Remove the wheels from the caster brackets by unscrewing the nut that is holding them in place.

Step 10: Spacers

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Take apart a ballpoint pen.

Cut four 1/2" spacer tubes out of the pen's body.
Ouranos6 months ago
How do you program it? I didn't see anything for that purpose
randofo (author)  Ouranos6 months ago
No programming involved.
Ravirar9 months ago
You could add a PING)) ultrasonic sensor so that it can automatically scoop without bumping and breaking stuff.
You should do a video instructable on your "studio" where you make these instructables. Your pictures are always really good with that white background.
OH MY GOD!
this is the best cleaner robot for all :-)
LOL
i think you are so lazy. is it true? ;-)

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but this is very good..
Great idea!!!
-chase-1 year ago
Simple yet effective... well done!
Amazing design! Great job! It's fun to look at :-) Maybe I just build one for fun :D :D
randofo (author)  arduinoprojects20111 year ago
If you do, please post a comment!
plb361 year ago
Awesome project! I was so inspired by this project that I bought your book on iBooks. Can't wait for it to finish downloading!
randofo (author)  plb361 year ago
Thanks! Let me know how it works out for you.
Awesome as always!!!! :-)
mganpate1 year ago
ITS VERY GOOD BUT HEAVY DUST ITS NOT GIVE INSIDE.......... ITS VERY NICE COSEPT.........
rimar20001 year ago
Nice and clever design, Randy.
EwanC1 year ago
For more money you could add an ultrasonic range finder and an uno and that would be more efficient? Or program it to follow a specified course, but that would be about $70 more?
hertzgamma1 year ago
Nice thing!
What tool did you use to create the video?
randofo (author)  hertzgamma1 year ago
Quicktime Pro and Photoshop. Its not ideal but gets the job done.
bobzjr1 year ago
Beautiful presentation! Dare I say... elegant. OK it's not something I plan to use, but the concepts can be useful for other stuff. I look forward to seeing your other work. Thank you for posting what looks like the cleanest presentation I've seen on the whole site. Keep up your good work!
Great!

For a moment I was a fraid this was actually going to be a practical and usefull bot, which would kind of ruin the fun for me ;-).

Great project and great Ible!
This is the cleanest instructable i have seen, very nice!
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