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Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Simple Beetle Bot For Begineers

It's great for beginners and easy to do.

This is the Beetle Robot v. 3 you are going to build:

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Before starting, I suggest you to read the complete tutorials. This will greatly lower the chances of you making a mistake.



Tools Needed:

Components for the robot
  • 2x - small 1.5 Volts motors
  • 2x - small paperclips
  • 2x - big paperclips
  • 2x - batteries AAA or AA
  • 1x - battery holder AAA or AA
  • 1x - 2 cm of heat shrink
  • 1x - wooden pearl (for the caster)
  • 1x - meter of electric wire
  • 2x - Sub-mini lever SPDT switches
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Here are the serial numbers of the components and tools from RadioShack .
Component Number
soldering iron 64-2184
electronic solder 64-006
diagonal cutter 64-2951
1.5 Volts motor 273-223
battery holder 270-398
SPDT switch 275-016
Most of the components can be bought for much cheaper at Digi-Key, Jameco, or similar. At Solarbotics you can find the dual AA battery holder and the Mabuchi motor. You can find these components at any good electronic store.

Here is all the parts for the construction the beetle robot.

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1. Cut the electric wire in pieces of 6 cm each, 13 times.

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Strip 1 cm at each end.

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2. Regroup all the components.

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3. Solder each wire to each components except the two batteries.

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4. Take the battery holder and make a connection to the connection.

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This will give a third connection.See picture below,

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The blue wire is the third connections

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5. Turn the battery holder up side down so the batteries point to the ground. Glue the two switches on the battery holder in a V form.

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6. Glue the motor beside each switch so that the shaft touches the ground

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7. Take the big paperclip and make the caster like the picture below.

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You can make a nice looking caster or a normal one

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I prefer the nice one

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8. How to make the connection
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9. Take the small paper clip and bend them to make antenna.

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Glue them to the switches and don't put to much glue.

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Add 1 cm of heat shrink to the shaft of each motor.

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10. Add the batteries in the battery holder and put it on a flat surface to see your creation take life. Congratulation!

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11 comments:

Basudev said...

cool friend .....great blog and useful materials

don5600 said...

VERY GOOD BLOG... U HAVE ALL THAT I NEED... PLEASE POST MORE BEAMBOTS... I REALLY LOVE BEAM BOTS.. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SIMPLE AS THIS ONE.. THANK YOU

kikipotamus said...

Thank you for breaking down the instructions and providing close-up pictures and diagrams. More helpful than the Instructables version, thanks!

Alexanderphilipose said...

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Anonymous said...

Hey but In case i need to display it for exhibition i need a proper explanation and what are its uses?????????i want to know these things i cant find it anywhere on the net can you pls help

vaibhav said...

thnx mannnnnnn..................uuu rockkkkkssssssssss......but tell me one thing that , can i make this without spdt switches cause in india they are not available here........pls reply ...

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