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Wooden Track System

Picture of Wooden Track System
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I actually created this for another project but found several uses for it. For example, you can attach a motor under it and turn it into a salt spreader or use it as personal slave to carry around tools and items. To customize, you can use plexiglass for frames to actually see the motion of the wheels and LEDs for a special effect

I started by making its blueprints and figuring out it's measurements. 

Materials:
1. Wood
2. Machinery (Jig Saw, Band Saw, Drill)
3. PVC pipes for spacers
4. Windshield Wiper motors for driving
5. Hitec 180 Degree servos
6. Aluminum bars
7. Timing belts from a lexus
8. 18v electric hand drill battery  (for power)

I use EZ-Robot Bluetooth controller to control servos wirelessly but you can use any servo receiver. The controller image shows how I assigned ports and the image after that shows the control buttons. The first command moves the servo to the given position and second command moves the servo back to another position. For example, the track servo is at 35* (stable) when you press the button, it moves to 70* (left) and when you stop pressing the button, it moves to 35*. 

A + X = forward, B + Y = reverse, X + Y = left, A + B = right

p.s. I will soon post a video of the track system in action


 
realistic video of the track

sorry that you have to see such hideous paint job (it wasn't me who painted it)

rvashwm4671 year ago
very well designed
vrtkhl6571 year ago
this is awesome
drew851 year ago
you should put EL Wire on it to make it look even more awesome
autobot11 year ago
efficient and affordable, i like that
frankfar1 year ago
nice job

i would love to see this in aluminum
bostonman1 year ago
a great affordable project (PVC and Wood)
rleon1231 year ago
found the other two threads that relate to this, you did a great job on all three
sp291 year ago
this would make a great father and son project
bigozzie1 year ago
great project
above the influence, bye bye arduino
sinboy1 year ago
finally, something original
tahsin1 year ago
well executed
dipen11 year ago
great idea
hp1231 year ago
the squirrels in the park better watch out
xm4rkx1 year ago
love the idea
furqan12231 year ago
great job
awesome
I love this. I think the sides should be transparent so you can see the track in motion. Great work!
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