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  1. PC based robot frames

    Hello,

    I am looking for some good resources for building a PC based Robot Frame.

    Asbrandsson

  2. Re: PC based robot frames

    Well, you can make a PC-based robot out of just about any mobile platform that can handle the size and weight of your computer. We sell a variety of bases that would work for this. You may want to look through the wheelbot section in our catalog:
    http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store...heel-Bots.aspx

    Here are my personal recommendations:

    Trossen 1
    http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store...is-Motors.aspx
    This is a good base for an indoor bot that will mainly be driving around on a flat surface like tile or concrete. Multiple levels can be added to increase height and cargo space

    Superdroid ATR
    http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store...-Base-Kit.aspx
    The ATR is a solid 4 wheel drive all terrain base.

    We've got a very nice prototype in the works, but we're still revising some of the design so it will be a while before we start offering it for sale. We blogged it a while ago, and here's a link:
    http://blog.trossenrobotics.com/inde...mo-sneak-peak/

  3. Re: PC based robot frames

    Hello,

    What is the best for indoor and outdoor use?

    Asbrandsson

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    The Superdroid ATR will traverse just about any terrain that's reasonably flat. Grass, gravel, etc...

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    If you want to start from the beginning, I have used the 8020 beams and connectors. They can be cut any size and are not that expensive. They are great for outdoor use and are very lite.

    www.8020.com

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    Re: PC based robot frames

    Quote Originally Posted by Tymtravler View Post
    If you want to start from the beginning, I have used the 8020 beams and connectors. They can be cut any size and are not that expensive. They are great for outdoor use and are very lite.

    www.8020.com
    They also have a great eBay store full of surplus stuff. I have been getting my 80/20 parts from there

    http://stores.ebay.com/8020-Inc-Garage-Sale
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    Re: PC based robot frames

    I've always wondered what those aluminum trusses were called. Thanks for the links.

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    Re: PC based robot frames

    Ok...so not to toot my own horn, but...were you meaning a PC desktop or laptop? I've never tried to make a desktop capable frame...that said, check out Gepetto in the project link. The first version caries a mac, but could really work with any laptop. Vivian the second version uses a sony vaio vgn-180p ux...about $800 on ebay by the way. I have complete turbocad drawings if you want them. I am also willing to build people frames if needed.

    If you were talking about a robot capable of carrying a desktop PC...that is a whole other animal.

    In either case, if you need help just ask.

    DB

  10. Re: PC based robot frames

    Hello,

    I originally posted the PC based frame when I was doing more experimenting with an ER-1 style robot. After that I have gotten more into the Humanoid Robots, and now that you can get smaller and smaller motherboards it is easier to mount the PC inside the Humanoid framework.

    Asbrandsson

  11. Re: PC based robot frames

    Sorry for hijacking this thread, however, I am trying to build a pico-ITX based robot and was looking for a good track based chassis which could hold my pico-ITX motherboard, phidgets motor controller, batteries and a couple of sensors here and there. I am looking for something similar to:

    http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store...t-Chassis.aspx (too expensive)

    http://www.robotshop.ca/pob-technolo...nk-base-1.html (not sure if my components will fit inside)

    Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.

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