Friday, January 31, 2014

Building a Makeblock Tank

Yesterday I jumped feet first into building a robust tank robot out of Makeblock. If you haven't checked them out, Makeblock is an anodized aluminum building set with a very robust part assortment. For the tank bot I worked on, I really wanted to use Makeblock's tank treads, which are segmented and made of very durable rubber. You use small metal rods to add and remove links, and I was able to arrange the treads fairly well with idler wheels at the top and back, with robust 37mm DC motors moving the treads. The chassis itself was more or less created at random. I just wanted to get a starting point to add stuff to, and I'll refine the design later. Next up: I'll add an Arduino, motor control board, and maybe some sensors. How cool is robotics? Way cool.

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