Step 1: Make Parts List/Gather Materials
2 x 18 volt drills (for motors, batteries, and chargers)
Components to create custom cables
ABS piping (With caps for either side – the diameter you choose depends on how much water you want your tank to hold)
1 x Schrader Valve
1 x Solenoid Valve
¼ Thick Wood (or any other material you want to use to make the frame)
1 x Infrared Thermometer
1 x Arduino Board
2 x Skate wheels
1 x Caster
1 x bike pump (to pressurize ABS piping)
3 x 540 MOSFET’s
1 x Servo motor
Assorted Wires (Preferably Stranded Core) – some red, some black
1 x Potentiometer
Wood Screws (10’s, 12’s, 14’s)
Power Tools (Drill, Jigsaw, Screwdriver, etc.)
Anderson Power Connectors
Custom piece designed in google sketch up and created using shapeways.com
Tap and tapping wrench
2 x Wire Knuts
Lots of Anderson Power Connectors (4 Bags)
Jumper Cables (to connect the arduino to the breadboard)
Taps and Tap Wrenches
Step 2: Creating the Custom Part
1. Put the camera in Parallel Projection Mode and Standard View -> Front.
2. Imagine that your part will rotate on the Blue (vertical) axis – draw a cross section of the half that will be to the right of the blue axis… start by drawing a rectangle that begins at the origin, that extends upwards equal to the length of your part and to the right equal to the maximum radius of your part. Then cut away rectangles for the center holes, and parts that have a smaller outer diameter.
3. Change to Standard Views -> Top (your cross section will now look like a thin line on the red axis.
4. Draw a Circle centered on the origin, with a radius that just touches the left edge of your cross-section, but then delete the face of the circle, so only the circle path is left.
5. Change to Standard Views -> ISO
6. Select the Circle path, then choose the Follow Me tool and click on your cross-section.
7. Rotate the part around and delete the little circle path..
Once the part is finished and has the correct dimensions, upload it to http://www.shapeways.com/ and order two of them. When they arrive, use the taps and tap wrench to tap the holes of the part. You should then be prepared to put them through the middle of the skate wheels and screw them onto the motors.
Step 3: Disassemble the Drills into Three Parts (Motors, Drills, and Charger)
Step 4: Create the Frame
Step 5: Connect the Wheels to the Frame
To do this, drill a hole big enough to fit the drill (it must be a tight fit), and jam the drill into the slot. The next step is to pop the bearings out of two skate wheels. To do this, apply sufficient force to the small hole in the middle (you could do this by hitting something jammed in there with a hammer). Then, shove the custom part into the wheel. Then, drill a small hole in order to be able to screw in a caster to the back end of the robot. The image below is the custom part screwed onto one of the drill motors.
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