Let's Make Robots!

LMR=Lets Make Movies

Where are the robots?

LMR seems to be drifting away from the orioginal core LMR values.

Movies / videos are a great help in descibing a robot project, but should not the primary goal.

There are many new posts of:

I built a robot,

Here is the video,

End of story. 

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Floyd,

There are a number of us here on LMR using Diptrace 

Go directly to www.diptrace.com and download the latest version (2.0) 

As has been posted here before ( do a search), you can send an email to support@diptrace.com, mentioning LMR, and you will get a free upgrade to 500 pins.

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Here is what seams to be a good one. I don't know what all the symbols mean so it might not be. But check it out for yourself.

http://www.supershareware.com/download/diptrace-free.html 

Hope that it works!

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car --Laurence J. Peter  

Maybe it's just me but i find making schematics very time consuming. That doesn't mean schematics are not needed, actually in my opinion, they're the most useful thing a robot page could have. The problem (well, my problem actually) is that i don't have a nice and neat software to make them. Using eagle always makes me kind of mad since it takes me lot of time to build one.

So maybe we could gather together a few links of nice schematic makers (freeware is possible) to start with. If we manage to include a schematic for each robot page i think that would be very educational.

What do you think? 

Bloody hell! Sorry about that....i missed out too many things lately because of my school exams
For simpler robots the schematic could just be drawn with pen and paper, then scanned or photographed. That is how I did it before I had a computer.

There have been many robots lately with little or no write ups. LMR is not about just showing a video or photo of a robot. LMR is about learning and teaching and this requires detailed information.

Schematics are always a good idea but very few seem to use them or post them. Photos detailing steps of construction would also be nice in some cases where complex construction was involved.

Explanations of why certain parts were chosen and methods of construction can be educational to others.

 

Here is a good example of how a robot page should look:  http://letsmakerobots.com/node/7025

 

I`d like to see LMR as a place to keep your robot build log. Photos and descriptions of each step, all the setbacks and little triumphs. Reasoning behind why you`re making it the way you are. Goals for the robot etc.

Unfortunately not everyone does this. Be it language barrier, having to borrow a camera, or maybe the robot was already built when they found LMR. Maybe all the information is already on their own blog and they don`t want to have to retype or copy/paste. So we end up with a title picture and a short description. To us on the intar-tubes though, someones robot blog is only as good as its write up, so I can see well documented robot pages being rated highly and getting good comments and advice just because it`s an interesting read. Whereas a robot with little to no information might get a comments like "More info?" "Video please!" etc but eventually people lose interest and forget the robot altogether.

Survival of the fittest? :D

Not so sure exactly what you mean - you seem to answer your question when you detail step #1!