Ratchet & Clank – 3D Printable Robot Kit
Way back in 2011 I built my first ever robot Sheldon. I always liked his overall look, so a while back (2012) decided to use his overarching style and structure as basis for a 3D printable robot kit. However as with so many of my projects back then, development was put on the back burner whilst I finished my PhD.
The idea behind the kit’s design is to be an easily extend-able platform that can be utilised to provide basis for many and varied robot builds.
The following outlines a few of the kits features:
- Use of servos for drive rather than the traditional DC motor implementation.
- Allows for both 2 and 4 wheel drive (including tank drive as also shown in the above image).
- Designed to be simply assembled using just a screwdriver.
- Designed to allow the stacking of multiple Arduino shields across multiple levels.
- Caters for multiple Arduino and Netduino types, i.e. Mega, Pro and Uno.
- Mounting provision for numerous sensor types e.g. Sharp IR etc..
- Mini servo mounts for armatures and the like.
Those of you who follow my facebook page may already be familiar with some of the kits elements and may have seen two early stage robots (Ratchet & Clank- as shown in the featured image above) that I built using the kit as a proof of concept test.
Over the next few weeks I aim to devote some much overdue attention to this project and hopefully at the end of development will release the .stl files etc. so that others can also have a go too.
You never know I may even Kickstart it :)