Yay! I am finally starting on my robots… (Ignoring the small ones I did in college and then kinda left collecting dust )
For the near future, I plan to have two robots: A tank, and a hexapod. The tank is going to be called “Big Brother”, and the hex “Little Sister” (if you haven’t guessed yet, the hex is going to be a LM Phoenix). I call them like that because I eventually want an the hex to be able to ride on top of / inside / etc the tank for long range travel.
(we won’t get into the maybe more disconcerting messages associated with my desire to put a computer inside the tank, and have it control the hex via wireless… 8))
“Big Brother” TODO list:
Initial Order from LM for tread, sprockets, motors: Done.
Order from BC Laserworks for Initial design of tread section: In work.
Order from McMaster for roller chain, sprockets, nylon: Waiting for Paycheck
Order from Digikey for 2.5" standoffs: Waiting for Paycheck
Order from Dimension Engineering for BEC, Sabertooth: Done (a little out of order…)
Order #2 from LM for misc stuff to connect to undesigned middle section… not on the charts yet.
In short, based on the long range of parts that are still needing to be ordered, I have some ways to go yet before I actually have a robot…
As far as the design of “Big Brother” goes, I plan on doing the tank in three “modules”… two of the modules will be identical, and be just the tread sections (so, the LM tank tread, sprockets, idlers, roller chain, etc). These now have an initial design, shown here:
(this is just the design for the laser cutter… imagine two of them holding the idlers on each side, and standoffs with nylon around them in the small holes on the edge.)
(sorry for the big picture!)
The middle section, well, thats going to be a bit while it is being designed.