SERVO Magazine - August 2014

Building The MD-1 Robot


Features

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MF70 Micro Mill CNC Conversion
by Michael Simpson
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. Page 32

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Teaching a Robot to Play Catch With Minimal Mathematics
by Samuel Mishal, John Blankenship
Discover an alternate method for teaching a robot to predict the flight path of a ball. Page 38

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Understanding the PIC Compare Module
by Thomas Henry
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. Page 42

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A Look at the Arlo Robotic Platform System
by Chris Savage
As an Engineering Tech at Parallax, Chris is able to give us a bird’s eye review of the company’s newest robot offering. Page 48

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Cal Alveras — the Making of a New Friend
by Steven Nelson
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. Page 53

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Building the MD-1 Robot
by Robert Doerr
Get some inspiration from this robot build that was created by using a lot of common items in a unique way. Page 58

Columns

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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. Page 08

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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. Page 69

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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. Page 75

Combat Zone

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EVENT REPORT: Pennbots Downtown Dogfight 2014
in Combat Zone: Events
Back in March of this year, 22 robots gathered at Harrisburg University in Harrisburg, PA to participate in Pennbots' annual Downtown Dogfight competition. Page 22

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BUILD REPORT: A Wider Bite
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 28