In This Issue ...
08 Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer
by Steve Koci
Conjuring Up a Revitalized Witch Scene
Learn the magic formulas for redesigning a previous
animatronics display that will be sure to delight even the
most discriminating of trick-or-treaters.
25 Meet the Incredibots
by Dave Prochnow
This incredible group of teenagers earned the coveted FLL
Global Innovation Award with an amazing solution for
recycling Styrofoam™ .
28 Building the KReduCNC
by Michael Simpson
We’ll get back to our CNC build this month and install the
Z drive assembly. We will also be reinstalling the Z carriage.
32 Imitation AI
by John Blankenship
The goal of most robot hobbyists is to create a robot
capable of doing something that demonstrates some
degree of intelligence. Sometimes though, a robot just
needs to look intelligent.
35 Use VEX Parts to Modify an
by Daniel Ramirez
See how to take a simple replica toy of our favorite Star
Wars character and make it able to move around in its
familiar onscreen ways.
40 Getting a Handle on
by Chris Savage
In Part 2 of our mini series on automated doors which
explores the fundamentals of robotic control systems, we’ll
discuss DC motors using
mechanical limit switches.
44 The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist
by John Leeman
Build Your Own Drone —
Parallax ELEV- 8 Review
Maybe you’ve been thinking
about getting into multi-rotors after our series of
articles about building an H-quad, but do not feel like
you need (or want) to
completely scratch build
your multi-rotor. As an
alternative to a scratch
build, this month I’m going
to assemble and fly the
ELEV- 8 v3 quadcopter kit
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