Quick View of the ArdBot
Figure 6 shows the prototype ArdBot, made of
6 mm (about 1/4”) expanded PVC. In the next
installment, I’ll provide detailed construction plans,
but here’s the robot in a nutshell:
• Two 7” “decks” provide generous room for
motors, batteries, Arduino, and mini solderless
breadboard, as well as future expansion. The
top deck is secured by four machine screws to
a set of 1-3/4” long aluminum hex standoffs.
The bottom deck is used for mounting the servos and
battery packs. The deck is large enough for several four- or
five-cell AA battery holders, plus a nine volt cell or custom
battery packs. There’s room in the corners of the deck for
mounting infrared, bump switch, or other sensors.
The top deck provides open access to the Arduino and
solderless breadboard, both of which you can place
anywhere you want. This way, you can program and
reconfigure the board without any
disassembly of the robot. There’s
room for servo turrets,
accelerometers, GPS receivers,
sensor modules, and more. In the
event you need even more room for
your experiments, you can add a
third deck for an additional 35
square inches of space.
The ArdBot is a universal design
with components you can get from
a variety of suppliers. See the
Sources box for a list of online
retailers that sell the Arduino and
other parts. You can build the
ArdBot platform yourself, or if you
don’t like mechanical construction,
FIGURE 6. Prototype ArdBot, a double-decker desktop robot
using the Arduino Duo or similar controller board. It’s designed
for easy expansion and experimentation.
Construction will be covered in Part 2.
as a convenience to SERVO readers, you can get the two
body decks and all mounting hardware from my Internet
company, Budget Robotics.
So much for the basics. See you next time for detailed
constructions plans of the ArdBot and more. SV
About the Author
Gordon McComb is the author
of Robot Builder’s Bonanza.
He can be reached at
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