Scout: A printable tribot

Here’s the first iteration of ‘Scout’.  A simple printable frame for a robot based on two continuous rotation servos and an Arduino. The idea was to limit the number of printable parts and ‘vitamins’ to the bare minimum and keep the total cost for the bot below $50.  I’ll use this to teach the robotics…

Test Cubes

The reports of the demise of the test cube are, perhaps, premature.  I’ve read people saying that new firmwares and versions of Skeinforge make test cubes unnecessary, but I’m not buying it just yet.  To be sure, one can get a lot closer to a usable print quickly, but there’s still plenty of room to screw…

Fun with Mazes (part 1).

I stumbled across a very interesting project called Theseus which is a maze generator library.  It has some impressive algorithms for generating mazes of various sizes.  The focus, however, is to produce a graphic which means drawing the walls.   I thought it would be interesting to generate a maze to be routed out on…

Bad Idea

It’s Pinewood Derby season again and I kinda enjoy making derby cars.  This year, my youngest son and I made an awesome car for his bear den division.  It came out great and I’ll do a blog post on that one as soon as I get some good pictures. We also have an ‘open’ class…