Project Information

My Little Robot Raspberry Pi

This little project will be running in 2 invacare wheelchair motors, Pneumatic wheels, 4tronix PicoCon "No Frills" Motor Controller Board Kit (will probally change) and lots of other fun stuff
Created by parkerbird
One Month to build maybe 2 to fine tune programming side
50+ pounds
600 mm x 400 mm
15-30 minutes
Python / Scratch
PS3 controller ,Python and scratch
Powersource: LiPO / LiON

I am going to try and use my lipo from my old quadcopter, but will end up buying 2 wheelchair batteries

Locomotion: Stationary

Controller/CPU: Raspberry PI / PicoCon Motor Controller Board


So this is my very first robot build, have been wanting to build something since my little boy was born 2 years ago. felt that the rubbish plastic quad bikes were so over priced for what they were.
I Also work in Education and wanted to build something for kids to program, either for a lesson or an after school club.
I am mad for all thing raspberry Pi, So i am going to be working with my brother in-Law and others to setup a Raspberry Pi. Jam later this summer (Hampshire area UK)
He has also inspired me with his Raspberry Pi: Mars Rover.

I have set a budget of about £160, about the price of a ride on kids vehicle (A Good One ).
So far I have bought my motors,pillow blocks, wheels, axles and other bits and bobs. I did at first struggled to work out a way of finding some hubs to fit my wheels. I ended up buying the Invacare wheelchair wheels (with hubs) removed the hubs, which was really really hard since they had been added on with lock tight.

Once they had been removed, my next challenge was to remove the hubs from the Pneumatic wheels, this was a task and a half, had to hammer them out, i was expecting them to come apart after Unbolting lol. Once I removed them I used the drill to make the 4 holes just slightly larger so that it would fit my hubs. bought some new bolts from good old screw fix (x10 £1.50, Bargain) and they bolt in lovely.

Over the next few days I will be measuring up and drilling my holes to fit my 2 wheelchair Motors and back wheels.

lots of fun had over the last few 2 weeks.

I ruffy fitted my pillow blocks and motors so i had all my holes already drilled

I used a few lengths of solid wood, made a cross to reinforce my chassis, jumped up and down on it to test. all good and no blood. Then i unbolted everything back down to the chassis ready to cover.

The metal cage i had was full of drilled holes from what it was used for in its previous life, so I popped to the trusty old Pound shop and bought a load of vinyl flooring tiles, 4 in a pack for a quid ! bargain lol
Cut them all up to fit, leaving a few mm at the top to allow the lid to pop back on.

Once i'd covered all around the the sides and inside, i bought some carbon fiber vinyl wrap.
Went half way from the front end to half way to the back end, then folded over and under.
Top part was a little harder as i had to use the wife's hairdryer on max heat setting. this was to loosen up the corners and pull them down, was a pain, but I managed to pull it off.
Quick pleased with my result.

Added a metal plate underneath to reinforce, even more

Refitted all my motors and pillow blocks

Then added the wheels

Still loads more to do, looking at Sabertooth ESCs but 2x32 is about £100 trying to find alternatives and of course batties to power.

Currently using my quadcopter 3s batteries to power and flight gear to control, but only a temp solution.

Just a little update, I have managed to grab 4 UPS 12v batteries and have bought a mmd10a which i've hooked up ruffly and tested. runs lovely, even better when at 24v. will add pictures etc when installed