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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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SST Tracked Inspection Robot with Pan and Tilt Camera with Tethered Video

SST Tracked Inspection Robot with Pan and Tilt Camera with Tethered Video

See it in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3QGRDOXg18 We’ve designed a new product: a smaller version of or MLT tank. This little inspection robot is built with the same high level of quality, strength and power as its predecessor, and performs exceptionally well for its size. It’s designed for tight spaces – it has a footprint of only 9.5″ X 6.75″. With the camera f...

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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 #023: Wireless Robot Control with an xBee

When you want to take your robot wireless but want to take it a step past R/C, an xBee is a prime candidate. The system works over 2.4GHz, similar to WiFi but what it provides is a simple wireless serial bridge. Meaning you can send a packet to the module and it’ll appear at the outputs of all xBees on that network. You don’t have to worry about subnets and IP addresses or any other ne...

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Tech Thursday #019: A Fun Tracked Robot with a Arduino

We had fun building this robot. He may look familiar… We started with MLT-JR custom length tracks and added a simple shell and head. The motors are driven with a Sabertooth 2×5 Motor Controller. All the parts (other than the drive train) were made with our 3D printers. Then we gave it a quick paint job. We embedded two IR sensors on the front and put a Arduino in the middle cavity to dr...

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Tech Thursday #018: How to couple motor shafts to components

Today’s Tech Thursday topic is an explanation of how we make our shafts, sprockets and gears couple to motor output shafts.  There are several different methods we use depending on the application.  Here’s how we have the most success. Light Duty Torque Applications –  Set screw to the flat side of the shaft. All of our standard motors have a D shaft.  Either 6mm, 8mm, or 12mm.  We drill out...

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SuperDroid Robots on Science Channel

SuperDroid Robots on Science Channel

SuperDroid Robots Inc., Fuquay Varina, NC has been designing, building and selling custom robots for first responder, industry, hobbyists, and universities for years. Designing a one of a kind first responder robot for a top big city fire department caught the eye of producers for the Science Channel and is featured in an upcoming episode of their new show ALL-AMERICAN MAKERS. During the show Amer...

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