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Wifi ATR with RC Override

Wifi ATR with RC Override This week we want to share information on how to wire and program one of our Wifi ATR robots with RC override.  This allows two different ways to control your robot with the RC remote as the master controller.  The following example includes our programmable Wifi package interfacing with a Sabertooth motor controller and RC control package. Hardware PLC Inputs: RC receive...

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R-12 Robotic Arm Operation Guide

Technical Thursday #044; We recently completed an exhibit for the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax, VA using an ST Robotics R12 arm. Visitors can program the arm to complete different challenges using a simple drag-and-drop block interface at three tablet stations. If you’re ever in the area, you should go check it out! In light of our recent experience working with the R12, we want to use thi...

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RoboteQ XDC2460 controller: Speed controller with encoder input.

Technical Thursday #043; Today we want to write about RoboteQ’s speed controller with encoder input like the RoboteQ XDC2460. This motor controller can handle 150 amps per channel and you can combine it with the DG-158 wheel chair motors. We recommend installing our, custom direct drive shafts or if you need custom sprockets you can fill our custom fabrication request. When you choose the wheel ch...

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RoboteQ MGS1600 MagSensor: Autonomous Robot Control TT-042

Technical Thursday #042 We appreciate robots that have a broad range of applications while being effective in their assigned task. Reliability and precision is key when designing a line following robot, and we carry a sensor that is up for the task! The RoboteQ MGS1600 is a magnetic guide sensor which is capable of detecting and reporting the position of a magnetic field along its horizontal axis....

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Tech Thursday #040: Autonomous Robots 101

We have been building autonomous robots for decades now. Here are just some of the examples. We build many that we can not discuss due to confidentiality agreements. The Autonomous robot give away Build an Autonomous Robot Autonomous Robotics Engineering Services Shop Programmable Robots Shop Sensors We get many requests from people to have us build autonomous robots. We also get many requests fro...

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Tech Thursday #039: An Automated Heat Shrink Cutter!

This is not something everyone needs, but it is something that is fun and cool to build. Maybe not the exact same thing, but some variation thereof… This is a heat shrink cutter. It uses a stepper motors to move the heat shrink through the feeder made of 3D printed wheels. The heat shrink is cut with a pair of scissors that are violently actuated via a pneumatic cylinder. The heat shrink fal...

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Tech Thursday #038: New D-Shaft Sprockets

  For this week’s Tech Thursday, we are introducing our new D-Shaft sprockets. These sprockets are custom designed and machined from high quality steel with a custom bore so that it fits the D-shaped shaft of our IG42 and IG52 motors. We have them in three sizes: #25 10 tooth, 8mm bore #25 15 tooth, 12mm bore #35 10 tooth, 12mm bore The 8mm bore fits the shaft of the IG42 motor while the 12mm...

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Tech Thursday #036 – Reading RC Pulses with an Arduino

This week, I will be explaining how to read RC pulses with an Arduino. On our robots, the most common configuration for an RC-Arduino system involves using a Spektrum transmitter + receiver combo with the receiver outputs wired to the Arduino. Before we get into the code, you should take a moment to read about RC pulses at the top of this support page. The code I will be referencing is available o...

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