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ProtoBot (aka ugly mofo)


I wasn't really gonna post this robot, but then I thought what the heck, it IS my 1st robot. Besides the next time one of you guys make a robot that isn't as aesthetically pleasing as you'd like you can always remember: Well atleast it isn't as ugly as that thing Aniss made :)

It is a quick prototype for a mapping robot I'm planning and it isn't gonna have a very long life. It's too ugly to live. I just needed to put something together now that I finally have gathered the parts, skills and knowledge (so so) I need to start building robots. A few months ago I didn't know what a circuit, microcontroller or a servo was and I didn't even have a screewdriver, so it's been a tough ride for me.

Very soon I'll have something more interesting to show. That is when I get more time and figure out how to attach these DC motors (these things are killing me)...

pbot_2.jpg

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Ignoblegnome: "Fritsl is a huge fan of hot glue, and I guess now I am too"

isotope: "I cannot live without my hot melt glue"

ezekile181: "I concur :) Hot glue rocks"

I think I'm slowly getting the point here :D

EDIT: Perhaps LMR should change name to: The hot glue fanclub ... hehe

HOWEVER!!..

 

nah, just kidding - hot glue is great - for temporary holds anyhow.

Depending on the plastic of the motors though, hot glue may not stick too well - so the answer is....

Hotglue AND cableties!!... 

I think theres some life left in this horse yet..

I'll be getting a hot glue gun ASAP. Hopefully this weekend. And oh..some cable ties too ;)

My first bot started with cable tie construction. Then I added hot glue. Then some screws. I finally wound up with mostly screws and just a bit of hot glue.

However, it was really nice to be able to experiment with how to construct the bot using glue, then refine it and finally use something more permanent when I'd figured it out.

I'm all for screews. They seem more stable, more aesthetic and less permanent (=they can simply be unscreewed again).

One of the main criterias of the robots I'm planning is that I wanna be able to take them apart fast and easy, change a part and put it back together again (if needed). Or simply take them apart and recycle the parts.

But I have no idea how to screew these motor on to something. There are no ears (like servos), no holes, nothing I can attach to anything. And their shape is kinda awkward too. So I'm still not sure what to do with them...

So, you can glue bolt to it, and make holes in yout baseplate, and then mount it using nut. Something like that:

bolts and nuts - motor mounting

Sorry! Just noticed this comment now.

That's one hell of an idea. I like it. And for some reason that particular combination didn't occur to me at all.

Thanks ;)

PS: I like your drawings too. May I ask what software you're using?

Its MS Paint :)
Very high tech :D

Double sided sticky tape!

This "robot" is made of the stuff. Plus some motors, batteries and cardboard.