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  1. My first Mech project

    Well after drooling that beauty of a robot named Hagetaka, followed by Giger, I have decided to try and build my own version of a Mech. The following are tasks in progress/completed:
    Note: The robot should be completed by the end of the year.
    1- Purchased a Roboard as the main controller for the mech. Done
    2- Installed Window XP on the Roboard (what a bitch but done). Saved a couple bucks by using company equipment with permission for the install.
    2- Taking a video course on C++. At least 3-5 lessons a week. In progress
    3- Researched within the forum for the best websites to purchase materials I will need. Ordered some torso mounting plates at a good price. I side stepped the custom ordering to save a few bucks. Done
    4- Bioloid servos. I have several sets, more than enough for servo supply. Done
    5- I will need to change the baud rate on the AX12's. It does not appear to be too difficult to do. Incomplete.
    6- I will need to further understand how to program the send/recd data packets to the servos I have been reading about in the forum using com 4. (work in progress).
    7- I will be changing the power supply for the servos going with the lighter battery packs based upon forum info. (Research completed).
    8- I am missing pieces of information on what exactly to order from Airsoft (weapon systems).
    What to order?
    Have not been able to find subject matter on how to program these systems in order to understand how they work.
    9- Not started on sensors yet. Sound, Cam, IR. etc. I want the Mech to avoid objects along with some type hostile response to fast moving objects. Research not started yet.
    10- Using automotive spray paint that bonds to plastic, I finished painting my parts black, they came out great. Done
    11- Investigating to see if it's doable to have an outer shell (Total mech look) for my project. If I do my intention is to have worn beat up look, dents/chipped paint/rust etc. If not will stick with black.
    12- Have completed first version of a gripper using high density carbon fiber. This material is so strong it's unbelievable and worked great and is very light.
    13- For his second arm I will be designing a modular gripper that could be swapped out based upon the task required. I'm lucky I work at a company that has lots of factory equipment to make robot parts.
    14- Have to research for a look and feel to place the RoBoard. Thinking about some type of custom enclosure that is easily detectable for maintenance. I built one demo case already just to get an idea of size and requirements. It worked fine but still requires some design changes and work.
    Will post pictures when I have something good to show to the group.
    Regards to all

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    Whidbey Island, WA
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    Re: My first Mech project

    Ok...a couple of things...given what you stated as your starting point, or inspiration, or whatever. Well...actually 1 thing. If your planning on making a biped, you need to be really careful...Weight is the big issue with this project, Mechs have to carry a bunch of stuff...

    You may want to consider larger servos...or making this bot a quad.

    Just a thought.

    As for the roboard, let me know how it works out. I've been sort of looking at that board.


  3. Re: My first Mech project

    Hello darkbac2: Yes I know from reading on the forums, weight is everything. Going to try a keep my servo count to a min. If it does not work out I will move to a quad build.

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    Sacramento, CA, USA Area
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    Re: My first Mech project

    I think you'll have a lot of problems just getting enough lift to carry the battery power for the RoBoard with AX12s. You need to be looking to at least RX64s in that configuration.
    I Void Warranties�

  5. Re: My first Mech project

    Hello Adrenalynn: Even in a quad config?

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