BasicBot Getting Started Robot

The BasicBot is a starter robot measuring 5" in diameter. It uses an affordable and easy-to-find Tamiya Twin Motor Gearbox (average cost under $9) as its locomotion.

 

These gearboxes use the common Mabuchi FA-130 size motor, which may be substituted for a version that draws much less current. This allows the motors to be used with less expensive H-bridges.

The robot is balanced on the end opposite the drive motors using a Tamiya ball caster.

Found in: Chapter 26, Build Robots with Wheels and Tracks

TinBot Parts List

1

Tamiya Twin Motor Gearbox #70097

Tower

Pololu

2

Tamiya Truck Tire Set #70101 (comes in packages of 4, you need only 2)

Tower

Pololu

1

Tamiya Ball Caster, #70144 (comes in packages of 2, you need only 1)

Tower

Pololu

2

Low current motors, substitute for FA-130 size motors that come with the Tamiya Twin Motor Gearbox

Pololu

Misc

4-40 construction hardware, precut body pieces (if you don't want to cut them yourself)

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