Yard Bot

What do you do with some scooter chair motors, big casters, and a sheet of MDF?  Make a radio controlled Yard Bot of course!

I’ve had the various pieces for this project kicking around for a while. Finally took the time to put them all together.  Just something to play around with…

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2020 Bot at Bay Area Maker Faire 2017

I will be giving build demos of the 2020 Bot at Maker Faire!

http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/

http://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/60008/

At least once an hour, I’ll pick a volunteer from the attendees to build a 2020 Bot.  The lucky volunteer will get to keep the robot after they build it!  The catch is, they need to hang out at my booth for the 20 minutes it takes to build the robot…

 

2020 Bot Parts from China

Parts from China

Workbench full of 2020 Bot Parts

This week I received a box full of possible 2020 Bot parts direct from China.  For this order, my goals were to evaluate supplier quality and get an idea on shipping volumes, weights, and costs.  I’m seriously considering whether or not it makes sense to offer 2020 Bot kits, or just provide instructions and let everyone fend for themselves when it comes to buying parts.  I’ll provide the instructions either way!

Kits would help increase the chance of someone being successful in building a 2020 Bot since part selection and quality could be controlled.  Plus, it does help keep the $20 goal in sight since a) I can purchase items at bulk prices, and b) I can break out “just enough” parts for a single kit where otherwise they may only be available in bulk.  Part costs are definitely better when purchasing direct.  Shipping costs on the other hand, can quickly offset the difference.  Once I nail down a few things, I’ll be working with my suppliers to determine optimal shipping methods.

Over the next week I’ll be creating rough instructional videos on how to build the 2020 Bot.  They’ll be rough, but functional…  Stay Tuned!