SERVO Magazine - June 2014

Make My Own Creation A Mad Rushin’


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Using the PICAXE Microcontroller for Robotics
by Gordon McComb
Sure, there’s a lot of different microcontrollers on the market to choose from. However, the PICAXE is an especially good choice if you’re on a tight budget. Plus, it’s great for first-time robot builders since it’s programmed with a flavor of BASIC. Page 58


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MF70 Micro Mill CNC Conversion

by Michael Simpson

This time, you will be taken step-by-step through the conversion process. Page 34

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Make Mine a Mad Rushin’

by Dave Prochnow

Convert a stock LEGO kit into a crazed cat crushin’, monster truck drivin’ robot. Page 44

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The Manta Ray — Part 1

by Chris Savage

This unique robot platform is easy to build, inexpensive, and flexible enough to support a number of options. Page 52


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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (6.2014)
Every once in a while, there’s a chance to look at new robot products coming from manufacturers. See the latest from ROBOTIS. Page 08

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
How Troublemaker Got Its Weapon Back
As our favorite Tweakers continue to prepare their back-from-retirement bot for combat, they put a new spinning weapon design to the test. Page 69

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robots Assist in Clean-Up of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Details on what really happened that day and why this particular site is so difficult to work at, making it perfect for robots to intervene. Page 76