In This Issue ...
24 Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer
by Steve Koci
Wiper Motors: Prop Builder’s Workhorses
Wiper motors can provide the solution to many build problems
we face, and you would be wise to be familiar with them. They
are inexpensive, can run on a variety of DC voltages (not just
12V), and will provide high torque. They are easy to mount, can
run continuously (some come with a parking feature), and there
are several ways to control their speed.
29 Building the KReduCNC —
by Michael Simpson
Next up in our series on building your own CNC machine, you’ll
see how to attach the Y carriage to the frame.
32 The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist
by John Leeman
Build Your Own Drone — Part 1: Getting Started
If you are thinking about getting involved with the drone hobby,
there are a lot of different paths to take. Whether you plan on
building or buying a drone, this new series will take you from the
very beginning, guiding you through all the necessary steps. So,
get ready to break out the hacksaws, files, and soldering irons!
38 The ROV Manatee
by Theron Wierenga
In this last installment, we’ll tackle the software, then finish with
some final observations.
42 ESP8266 Based Robot and
by Craig Lindley
Many of my recent designs have been based on the ESP8266
microcontroller/Wi-Fi module because of its capabilities and its
inexpensive price. Could I apply my knowledge and fondness for
the ESP8266 to robotic applications? Let’s see ...
48 Motion Control Demystified
by Nathan Scherdin and David Prochnow
Motors are all about motion. Getting the right kind of motion
out of a motor can be tricky with power, engineering forces, and
control all competing against your robot’s desire to go. In order
to reach this desired movement goal, we have to bone up on
some theory, forces, and algorithms before we can throw the
switch on any robot motor.
54 Serving Raspberry Pi — Part 5
by William Henning
We’ve made sensor choices for our RaspPi based robot platform,
so now let’s decide on the power sources we’ll need and
assemble the darn thing!
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