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Very Very Cheap Platform

So, I was starting on building my second robot, and I didn't really find enough materials around. I found straws and chopsticks, so I cut them up, glue them, and made them into a cheap base for my robot.

For more info, visit http://danrobotics.weebly.com/very-very-cheap-arduino-platform.html




  • Your microcontroller
  • Breadboard (same width as microcontroller)
  • Glue-gun
  • 4 pieces of straws
  • 4 pieces of chopsticks

Step 1: Using the glue-gun, stick the 4 straw pieces on the board, 2 on opposite sides (see above picture)
Step 2: Attach the chopstick pieces onto the chip, 2 on opposite sides with approximately the same distance from each other so that the chopstick pieces can fit in the straw pieces easily.

Pro: Cheap, Able to separate microcontroller with the breadboard to modify the circuits

Con: Kinda flimsy, depends what kind of glue you use


...And that's pretty much it...Sorry for the bad documentation :(. I'll provide a video once I get another Arduino + breadboard or when the thing breaks down.


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I like the idea to use simple materials. Most of the time I am doing the same, just using what I have lying around. 


I made a similar platform about 4 years ago using a braeadboard about the same size as yours. You might want to check it out for some ideas http://letsmakerobots.com/node/2995


Cool! Looks very simple, especially if you need some kind of base for some robot. 

Uh...do the servo motors that control the wheels go 360 degrees? Mine only go 180...

Yes, I modified them for continuous rotation.