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March 2012

Servo Magazine

A CNC Machine For Roboteers - Can You Build One? I Did!

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Features

Product Review My Time With the TurtleBot

What is a TurtleBot? According to http://www.turtlebot.com: “TurtleBot is a low cost personal robot kit with open source software.


CNC From a Robot Builder’s Perspective

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 ...



Projects

Sounding Off

Learn how to give your Arduino bot completely electronic sound effects, music, and even voice.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits

GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Robotic Venus Flytrap Models Small Muscle Function; Catches Bugs To Use As Fuel

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto
Your Problems Solved Here

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Twin Tweaks
The Sensor Olympics

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
What Can Your Robot Do?




Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: Shaka v.3 — Part 1:

Design Goals and Methodology


BUILD REPORT: Antweight

Motor City Massacre


BUILD REPORT: Nyx, Sportsman, and Dragon*Con 30 lb Bot — Part 1

During the summer, I built a second Antweight for my teammate to drive, and we took all but Moros, my 30 lb bar spinner, to Dragon*Con Robot Battles.


PARTS IS PARTS: Making Wheels Round

There are a decent number of ready to use wheels available today for robots of all sizes, and one of the most popular for small robots is the Lite Flite foam wheel. They’re cheap, tough, and come in a wide range of sizes.


The History of Robot Combat: Life After BattleBots

After the cancellation of Comedy Central’s BattleBots in late 2002, many in the building world felt lost.