PiWars development

So not much blogging from Team Ipswich Makerspace this year, been so busy, but things have been happening. Once again Keith is designing TractorBot (possibly being renamed this year) in Fusion360. Keith has had trouble with files becoming corrupt in previous years, but with experience things are so far going well. The model is even parametric, believe it or not the two images below are the same model, just with a couple or parameters edited to change the primary dimensions.

Short and high
Short and high
Large and flat
Large and flat

We started off using micro metal gear motors, so this is what we thought it would look like, once again using the trusty 7.2v NiCad batteries.

Potential layout(1)

And the first hardware was born.
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And little while later we had movement. It’s always good when you see a robot move for the first time.

TractorBot 2017 from Keith Ellis on Vimeo.

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