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Stuck inside? Build a robot!

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Hey guys! Matt here with our first official ACBR tutorial! Now, this is going to be a big one. My main goal with this first tutorial is to provide anyone with exactly all of the info they need to build your own robot from scratch! The robot I'll be using for this example is the ACBR Rover! Which we currently have available in our shop. These are trying times for so many people around the globe right now, and with so many people unable to leave their homes, I wanted to do as much as I could for those who may want to occupy their time to learn a little more about robotics, electronics, and programming! That's why we made the decision to post all of our design files, all of our robotics curriculum online right here for free. By the end of this tutorial, you should have everything you need to build your own robot or one of ours. Let's get started!

For this tutorial, I'm going to use the trusty ACBR Rover as an example. I figured the best way to teach someone how to design their own robot, was to go through and explain how I designed one of mine!

There are absolutely bigger faster crazier robots out there, but what I love about this robot is that it's surprisingly fast and capable, it's compact and highly hack-able! I go over the entire process in the video below, so if you'd like to see footage of any of this, go ahead and click the link to that video, and give it a watch!

STEP ONE: The parts!

Now the first step in building your own robot is grabbing your parts! Now at a bare minimum, you'll need the following.

1. Motors

2. Wheels

3. Microcontroller