Building A Robot: The Chassis

Project Info
Author: Chris
Difficulty: Easy
Time Invested: 2 Hours

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           Since digital technology has progressed forward at such a quick pace, it has now become reasonable, affordable and within anyone's grasp to build their very own robot. While we cannot yet make our own androids, small robotics platforms can be found in electronics and hobby stores the world over. This series of Building A Robot will explore the steps it takes to build a mobile robot.
           In this article, Part 1: The Chassis, we will grab an off-the-shelf robotic chassis, assemble it and test the motors. At the same time we'll get a better feeling for how DC motors work in general, and what to expect from the mobile robotics platform. This will give us a great start for building our robot.

Building A Robot: Chassis - Demonstration

Building A Robot: Chassis - Setup

Purpose & Overview of this project
           In this first part of Building A Robot our goal is to assemble a generic robotic chassis that we can use to form the base of our mobile robot, understand the theory behind how and why the motors work and then to test things out to see what we can expect from our batteries and motors.
           The Magician Chassis will be assembled in this article, however any generic robotic chassis can be used. Any robotics chassis kit typically come with DC motors and a reliable chassis that we can mount our electronics onto.