Michael Simpson


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Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 3
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January 2014, Page 46

PBOD gets some major design changes.

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MF70 Micro Mill CNC Conversion
April 2014, Page 60
3D printers are great for prototyping, but nothing beats the consistency for milling multiple parts like a CNC router or milling machine. Here’s how to have one on the cheap.

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Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 4
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February 2014, Page 34

We wrap things up this month on our PBOD with the addition of the cover and weapons platform.

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Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 2
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December 2013, Page 54

This time, we’ll go over the wheels, gears, and chassis parts for our PBOD.

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Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 1
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November 2013, Page 42

Now that we’ve wrapped up our series on 3D printers, we’re going to build a fighting robot with them.

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3D Printers Part 6: The Conclusion
October 2013, Page 47
Experiences with each type of printer are summarized, and a list of 13 tips to keep in mind when buying a 3D printer are given to wrap up this series.

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3D Printers Part 5: Filament
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September 2013, Page 36

Filament is the life blood of a 3D printer. This month, various types of filament are discussed and how to calibrate the printer for a specific kind.

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3D Printers Part 4: Tuning
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August 2013, Page 58

This time, slicer software that is used to convert 3D models to instructions a printer can actually understand will be covered, plus the MakerGear M2 arrived!

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3D Printers Part 3: Software and Configuration
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July 2013, Page 68

See what it took to get from a ready-for-action printer to a first print.

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3D Printers Part 2: Assembly Highlights
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June 2013, Page 67

Follow the assembly process on four different 3D printers, so that next time we’ll be ready to actually print a simple object.

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3D Printers Part 1: Introduction
May 2013, Page 58
There has been a great deal of hype around 3D printers lately. If you are planning on purchasing one, be sure you read this article series first. What you find out may surprise you.

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Build the Kronos Flyer- Part 6
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April 2013, Page 36

Part 6: APM 2.5 Per reader requests, this final installment of our quadcopter build will discuss the APM 2.5 controller in detail.

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Build the Kronos Flyer - Part 5
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March 2013, Page 44

Read about some add-on items that hopefully will inspire your imagination.

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Build the Kronos Flyer - Part 4
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February 2013, Page 54

Part 4: Setup. Program and calibrate the ESCs; set the direction of the motors; see step-by-step how to install the NAZA flight controller; install the props; and get ready to take your Flyer for a spin.

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Build the Kronos Flyer - Part 3
January 2013, Page 58
Part 3: Assembly! This time we put our quadcopter together, with plenty of tips and techniques given along the way.

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Build the Kronos Flyer - Part 2
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December 2012, Page 44

Part 2 of our quadcopter build goes over the design and parts breakdown.

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Build the Kronos Flyer
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November 2012, Page 36

Love quadcopters, but can’t af ford a kit? No worries! You can build your own by following along with this series. Part 1 offers an introduction to these increasingly popular multi-rotors.

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CNC From a Robot Builder’s Perspective
March 2012, Page 58
Once you discover Computer Numerical Control and its ability to accurately and consistently create parts for even your most complicated robot design, there will be no going back ...

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GPS | Part 4
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January 2008, Page 42

I closed out last month's article by showing you how to connect the GPSLoggerOut program on your PC to a microcontroller. Let's take a closer look at the interface needed for each of the GPS modules we have covered in this series...

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Build The Ultimate Robot: Part 1
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August 2008, Page 55

WARNING! Before you read any further, I feel it only fair to warn you that this series is going to be akin to a very fast roller coaster ride.Over the years, I have built several robots of various shapes and sizes. Most of them were controlled by a microcontroller of one form or another. I have even built a few that were tethered to a desktop computer. It’s time to build a robust robot with an on-board PC computer. This will not be a toy. In this series, I am going to build two robots around ...

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Build The Ultimate Robot: Part 2 | Wheel Assembly
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September 2008, Page 36

I have built many robots in the past and the drivetrain always causes most of my grief. The type of drivetrain you decide on will dictate some of the factors used in the design of your robot, including its size and how many batteries it can carry. Since I am going to be building two robots, I think it’s important that I give them names to make referencing them throughout this series easier...

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Build A GPS Smart Logger
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November 2008, Page 60

I recently did a GPS series covering various GPS modules and their interfaces. A project that I have had in mind for a while was a small GPS Smart Logger. I call it a smart logger because in addition to the GPS data, you can log various other telemetry. You can also set the conditions and type of GPS data that gets logged...

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Build The Ultimate Robot: Part 3 | Nase Assembly
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December 2008, Page 48

This month, I will show you how to build the main base assembly for our two characters. Keep in mind that the dimensions and hole sizes given are based on the RS-64 actuator used on the Megabot and the RS-28 used on the Firebot. You are free to change these actuators, but some of the dimensions and hole locations may need to be changed accordingly. In this series of articles, the final robot is not as important as the journey that we take to get there. Many of you won’t build the exact robots...

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Build The Ultimate Robot: Part 4 | Firebot
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January 2009, Page 30

In this article, we are going to finish up the Firebot shown in Figure 1. Before I get into some of the construction techniques, I want to go over some of the components we will be using in this portion of the project.

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Build The Ultimate Robot: Part 5
February 2009, Page 34
If you are building the Megabot or a similar robot, you should have the base assembled at this point. In this article, we are going to add the electronics that will make our robot move. I’ll show you the techniques I used so that you can apply them to your own design...

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Build The Ultimate Robot: Part 6 | An Arm for Megabot
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March 2009, Page 57

This month, we will add an external webcam to a fully articulated robot arm. We then will add buttons on our desktop controller program to allow us to control this arm.