SERVO Magazine - March 2012

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


Features

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Product Review My Time With the TurtleBot
by Alan Federman
What is a TurtleBot? According to www.turtlebot.com: “TurtleBot is a low cost personal robot kit with open source software. Page 54

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CNC From a Robot Builder’s Perspective
by Michael Simpson
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 ... Page 58

Projects

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Sounding Off

by Gordon McComb

Learn how to give your Arduino bot completely electronic sound effects, music, and even voice. Page 44

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Robotic Venus Flytrap Models Small Muscle Function; Catches Bugs To Use As Fuel Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto
Your Problems Solved Here Page 14

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Twin Tweaks
The Sensor Olympics Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
What Can Your Robot Do? Page 76

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Shaka v.3 — Part 1:
in Combat Zone: Features
Design Goals and Methodology Page 30

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BUILD REPORT: Antweight
in Combat Zone: Features
Motor City Massacre Page 35

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BUILD REPORT: Nyx, Sportsman, and Dragon*Con 30 lb Bot — Part 1
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 36

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PARTS IS PARTS: Making Wheels Round
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 38

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The History of Robot Combat: Life After BattleBots
in Combat Zone: Features
After the cancellation of Comedy Central’s BattleBots in late 2002, many in the building world felt lost. Page 39