Building a new rover
We have taken on a new project to build a compact rover for the New York Hall of Science, something that visitors can drive around in the corridors of the Science Center and that the staff can easily take to off-site activities such as schools and children’s hospitals. The design and construction is well under way. We are also happy to announce that we have a new member at Beatty Robotics. His name is Camille McCollough. He’s a junior at Carolina Day School, where he is taking robotics classes, as well as physics, math, and other curriculum. He has joined our team to learn, gain experience, and lend a hand. Here is Camille building the robot’s pan-tilt turret from Actobotics parts, including a servo, gearbox, and gears:
Camille and Camille working on the assembly of the robot’s front LED “head lights”:
Camille working on the assembly of the sonar mounts, while Camille works on the pan-tilt turret:
Camille building the first of the six steering assemblies, each of which consists of a servo, servo block, motor, hub, and wheel. We are using a combination of Actobotics parts and our own parts that we made on the CNC.
Camille tests the design and assembly of the first steering servo and wheel.
We use a scale drawing of the master plate to plan out where all the components are going to be positioned.
Camille shows Camille how to machine a part of the vertical mill.
Camille machines the next part on the vertical mill.