4. Test basics and assemble your robot
Ufff… the most critical part of your routerbot is done. Now it is time to do basic tests and assemble whatever you have done. Before you proceed please make sure you have read the Routerbot v1 project outline. Please read the assembly instructions as a set of ideas, not as a manual. I’m 100% sure you can build a better robot using better parts. I already saw a very impressive tracked routerbot that is way more robust then this “Mr. Shiny Wheels”. Another robot that uses the same idea of router as the brain was built on top of R/C toy truck. Possibly you can invent even better implementations, like hovercraft or submarine. Think creatively!
It is a good idea to test your work before you assemble your router back to its original form. The tests are pretty basic and listed below. . You can also download that manual from lynxmotion website.
- Attach continuous rotation of servos to PWM connectors 0 and 1 and regular servos to connectors 4 and 5 on your SSC-32 servo controller
- On SSC-32 connect jumpers VS1=VS2 (#3) and VL=VS (#5) as it is described in the manual that comes with SSC-32.
- Connect the 3-pin header that comes from the router to TTL serial port (#13) on the controller. Make sure you’re connecting black wire to the ground.
- Connect the battery to the servo controller terminal VL (#4)
- telnet or ssh to the routerbot
- cd /routerbot
Once you assembled the router invent the layout for overall system or use mine which is shown in the project outline. Here are couple ideas:
- I used two-sided adhesive tape + plastic straps to attach the continuos rotation servos. That worked pretty well, but looked not so well.
- The CD disks are connected to the servos using horns which you will get installed on the servos if you order them from Lynxmotion + two-sided tape + two screws. Make sure that the disks are well aligned and if not then adjust them byt unscrewing the screws a little bit.
- The controller, the battery and the wires are secured primarily with the rubber bands. Bad idea. Better use two-sided adhesive and plastic straps or build something even more robust.
- To attach the coaster wheel I used some piece of foam plastic I found in some packaging. But it doesn’t hold the wheel well, so in addition to that I used plastic bottle cup (see the picture)
- The CD disks used as wheels have really bad traction, especially on carpet. To improve it put small dots of glue around the disk (see picture).
This is basically it. In the photo gallery you can find more pictures of the Routerbot v1.
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