Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Arduino Robot

  1. #1
    150+ Forum Groupie
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    United States of America
    Posts
    232
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Arduino Robot

    I've been working quietly on a project proposed by daughter. Backstory- 5th grade technology teacher challenges her students to create or devise on paper an invention; my daughter, knowing I love to program & tinker, proposes with confidence to build a dog robot!


    We found an old RC in the closet which had the right rear motor rendered useless - turns out motor is fine and the controller board failed. Painted shades of brown, it can resemble a canine. Coupled with an arduino Micro, we may pull this off.
    photo 1.jpg






    It is my second week into it. Thus far, I have created individual steps - Gyro sensor, stepper motor control & ultra-sonic distance measuring and motor control. Now it's time to marry everything together.
    photo 2.jpgphoto 3.jpg


    I created the schematic & board layout using Eagle; an unbelievably simple tool.



    Draw_Board.jpg


    Next, using a cheap laser printer, I printed the layout on 3M multi-purpose transparency film.
    xfer.jpg




    Next, I transferred the images (top and bottom) using a temperature controlled flat electric griddle; it took a few tries to find the right temperature and time. IMHO, this seems to produce consistent results as opposed to the conventional clothes iron.


    Then, I etched my first PCB (shown is my REV2 board).


    With one week to go, next is to solder all components into place.


    Whether we finish within the defined time limits, my daughter will repeat all of my steps- start to finish. Hopefully, this will ignite an interest in electronics and/or programming; this has to be more gratifying than being a lawyer!

    Since this was arduino related, I felt it was pertinent to this forum; especially to demonstrate how easy to fabricate a custom PCB to interface with the arduino and related components.

    -James

  2. #2
    10+ Posting Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    south africa
    Posts
    11
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: Arduino Robot

    once you get her into it she will not think anything else. robotics is fun but at the same time challenging.
    I've played with lego mindstorms since 2003 its a lot easier to start with and once you get to it, its a lot of fun

    good luck with your robots

  3. #3
    150+ Forum Groupie BuzziBi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    275
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: Arduino Robot

    Great idea James, get the children in to programming, before being destroyed by sports!
    I have no knowledge of PCB etching, but want to learn.
    What I find difficult, is to find my way in the jungle of products, and ways to do it without spending a fortune!
    So if anyone knows how and where to buy, it is welcome.
    Maby Jim could make a special tread?
    Life was hard, but then came Windows 7.
    Now we can fly! --------
    --------

  4. #4
    500+ This must be a daytime job Jim NZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    764
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: Arduino Robot

    Buzzi, you can start any thread you like because, from of today I have given up trying to keep these sub-forums on subject (Arduino and M$ flight sim).

    It's just not worth the effort any more.

    Cheers ,, Jim
    www.jimspage.co.nz/intro.htm
    All this and Liz still loves me ! !

  5. #5
    150+ Forum Groupie BuzziBi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    275
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: Arduino Robot

    I apologize for our low disciplined behavior on the forum Jim!
    And I understand your frustration.
    It's just so easy to get carried away and forget guidelines!
    Life was hard, but then came Windows 7.
    Now we can fly! --------
    --------

  6. #6
    150+ Forum Groupie
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    United States of America
    Posts
    232
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: Arduino Robot

    *smacked hands*
    Point taken