How to Build a Robot — Robot Building for Everyone!

Build Your First Robot Chassis

Available Now from Budget Robotics!

From Popular Mechanics Magazine — Make your own super-affordable and super-expandable Arduino-based robot. Includes all body parts: top and bottom decks, servo mounts, and all hardware. Assembles in under 15 minutes.

Just add your own Arduino microcontroller, servos, wheels, and other electronics — stuff you may already have.

Made of 1/4" expanded PVC plastic. Add sensors and other accessories in a flash.

The BYFR chassis kit contains the following:

  • 7" x 5" bottom deck, with wheel well cutouts for the drive wheels.
  • 7" × 5" top deck, pre-drilled for either Arduino Uno or Propeller Activity Board mounting
  • Servo mounts (2).
  • 90° plastic L brackets, for attaching the servo mounts to the bottom deck.
  • 4-40 machine screws and nuts, for attaching the servos and servo mounts.
  • Deck risers consisting of: (4) standoffs with matching machine screws.
  • Skids consisting of: (2) 6-32 × 3/4" machine screws, (4) 6-32 hex nuts, (2) 6-32 acorn (cap) nuts.
  • Mounting hardware for microcontroller board.

Note! Servo motors, wheels, breadboard, piezo speaker, Arduino or Propeller microcontroller, wiring, switches and other electronics are NOT included. You may purchase these from numerous online retailers.

Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition

Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer.

Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain--and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands.

This robot builder's paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations.

  • Parts, materials, and tools
  • Building motorized wooden, plastic, and metal platforms
  • Rapid prototyping methods
  • Drafting bots with computer-aided design
  • Constructing high-tech robots from toys
  • Building bots from found parts
  • Power, motors, and locomotion
  • Robots with wheels, tracks, and legs
  • Constructing robotic arms and grippers
  • Robot electronics and circuit making
  • Computers and electronic control
  • Microcontrollers--Arduino, PICAXE, and the BASIC Stamp
  • Remote control systems
  • Sensors, navigation, and visual feedback
  • Robot vision via proximity, light, and distance

Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition
By Gordon McComb
ISBN-10: 0071750363; ISBN-13: 978-0071750363
736 pages, 2011

Arduino Robot Bonanza

"McComb hasn't missed a beat. It's an absolute winner!" -GeekDad, Wired.com

Breathe life into the robots of your dreams—without advanced electronics or programming skills. Arduino Robot Bonanza shows you how to build autonomous robots using ordinary tools and common parts. Learn how to wire things up, program your robot's brain, and add your own unique flair.

This easy-to-follow, fully illustrated guide starts with the Teachbot and moves to more complex projects, including the musical TuneBot, the remote-controlled TeleBot, a slithering snakelike 'bot, and a robotic arm with 16 inches of reach!

  • Get started on the Arduino board and software
  • Build a microcontroller-based brain
  • Hook up high-tech sensors and controllers
  • Write and debug powerful Arduino apps
  • Navigate by walking, rolling, or slithering
  • Program your 'bot to react and explore on its own
  • Add remote control and wireless video
  • Generate sound effects and synthesized speech
  • Develop functional robot arms and grippers
  • Extend plans and add exciting features

Arduino Robot Bonanza
By Gordon McComb
ISBN-10: 007178277X; ISBN-13: 978-0071782777
416 pages, 2013