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Tech Thursday #034: A Computer Cart on a Mecanum Chassis – Part 1

Mecanum Robots are one of the coolest type of robots around. They can drive in any direction and rotate easily. So why not put a computer stand on it and a second monitor mount. When laying in bed or sitting in your favorite chair or couch, just drive the computer up and start working or surfing the web for cooler robots (you won’t find a cooler robots than ours, sorry!). The mecanum drive a...

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Tech Thursday #032: Soldering

Soldering is one of the most useful and necessary skills to have when working with any form of electronics. It can be as simple as soldering a joint on certain materials, or as complex as assembling PCB’s.

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Tech Thursday #030: Simple Motor Mounting

Looking for a simple yet sturdy way to mount a motor and an ATR shaft without buying a welded chassis? Try our motor mount tubes, which we machine it to mount our motor mount plates. The other side fits a flanged ball bearing. Slide a wheel shaft through the bearing onto the motor shaft and fix a couple of shaft collars and you’re in business. We make two versions, one for our IG32 and IG42 motors...

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Tech Thursday #028: Available Track and Wheel Options

If there is one thing we have learned, it’s that track design is not trivial. We have been building treaded robots for over 10 years, and, at generation 4, they’ve been through many stages of evolution. It takes a lot of research and development in order to produce treads that stay on under tough circumstances. We’ve done it, performing NIST qualification tests using our LT2 robot and generatio...

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Tech Thursday #027: MLT-JR Platform and Program Examples

The MLT-JR is our lowest cost tracked platform and it’s powered with an Arduino! Equipped with spliceless molded tracks, 32mm motors, and a 11.1V 2200mAHr battery this isn’t your garden variety desktop robot. To make getting started easier, we’ve assembled some example Arduino sketches to act as a base to begin your own robotics development. Motor Demo This example serves as a mo...

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Tech Thursday #026: Vectoring Robots

Vectoring movement is achieved through a sum of forces generated by each wheel. SuperDroid Robots offers many vectoring robots on its online store. We also have a support page for vectoring robots which details the theory of operation. Two main types of wheels are used. Figure 1: Omni wheels have smaller rollers on the edges that move completely perpendicular to the wheel itself. With this type of...

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Tech Thursday #025: Power Drivers and Distribution

One of the first electrical decisions that must be made when building a robot is how you are going to power it and how you are going to get that power to where it needs to be. Here at SuperDroid Robots we strive to make this as simple as possible with a wide range of power distribution, drivers, and wiring kits. Power Drivers Power drivers are crucial in any robotic system even when you are only u...

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