Screw down the polycarbonate
plate with four 440 screws. Then,
place your robot face up on a block
of wood; make sure you can see the
wood through the three titanium
holes on the front of the robot. Using
your 1/8 inch drill, penetrate through
the polycarbonate sheet and titanium
plate. After drilling each hole, add
440 screws to help hold the
polycarbonate sheet in place.
“WHEELS ON THE GROUND” TEST
If the robot’s steering is incorrect, try flipping the aileron and elevator
switches to different positions. There should be four different combinations.
If none of the four combinations work, you will have to open the robot and
flip the two speed controller plugs to opposite ports. However, your first
power-on should be correct.
You have now finished a one pound version of my 150 gram robot
Wadgie. Wadgie has served me faithfully for five years now. He has endured
more hits than any of my other robots. The design has worked well for me. I
hope it will work well for you.
READY FOR THE ROAR OF THE CROWD
to the ground
by filing the
edge of it.
Learning how to construct an actual platform for a robot is an important
first step. Once you have mastered the basics with your durable wedge bot,
you can then put your imagination and your newly learned building techniques
to work to construct a robot entirely of your own creation. A further benefit is
you will have a basic wedge robot to practice against. I never started winning
matches until I had two robots and
practiced driving them at home.
Please remember to be
safe and follow good safety
procedures. Wear safety glasses
through the entire build process.
Do not use power tools you’re
Stay tuned to SERVO Magazine
for a future article where I will
show you how to add a lifter or a
clamp onto your robot.
I wish you good building and I
see you in
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