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August 2014

Servo Magazine

Building The MD-1 Robot

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Features

MF70 Micro Mill CNC Conversion

In Part 5, we’ll wrap up our series by performing a few tests and then tuning the machine, so you will be able to put your new CNC to use.


Teaching a Robot to Play Catch With Minimal Mathematics

Discover an alternate method for teaching a robot to predict the flight path of a ball.


Understanding the PIC Compare Module

The ability to determine the frequency of a waveform is key to modern robotics — think quadrature detectors, ultrasound, IR, and laser range finders. Learn how to use the compare mode to generate accurate timing pulses or repeat waveforms of a specific frequency.


A Look at the Arlo Robotic Platform System

As an Engineering Tech at Parallax, Chris is able to give us a bird’s eye review of the company’s newest robot offering.


Cal Alveras — the Making of a New Friend

As projects often go, one simple idea can lead down unexpected paths. See how the Microsoft Kinect sensor, a book, and a stuffed animal led to the creation of this boney beast.


Building the MD-1 Robot

Get some inspiration from this robot build that was created by using a lot of common items in a unique way.



Columns

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (08.2014)
Working with noisy pneumatics, the best material to use for a target, dealing with stainless steel legs that snap, and why not to bargain-hunt for ABS plastic.

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Oedipus RHex
Turning run-of-the-mill rolling robots into jolly jaunting walking versions is just a hop, SLIP, and a jump away.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
A New Look at Underwater Robots
The sea is a harsh mistress, and there are a lot of factors that have to be considered when designing robots for work under the waves.




Combat Zone

EVENT REPORT: Pennbots Downtown Dogfight 2014

Back in March of this year, 22 robots gathered at Harrisburg University in Harrisburg, PA to participate in Pennbots' annual Downtown Dogfight competition.


BUILD REPORT: A Wider Bite

Afew months ago, I was making a batch of drums for my Saifu Ant kits when I received an order for a wider drum for a customer who was building his own chassis.