Building Your Own Robots — Bonus Features

Building Your Own Robots: Design and Build Your First Robot!

Thank you for reading Building Your Own Robots. This web page will help you get the materials you need for the projects in the book. It will also point you toward some other dummies.com features that help you learn more about technology!

Get the materials for the projects

To build your robots, you will need a number of items that are easy to find in most hardware stores or online.

  • Project 1: Brushbot — Battery operated electric toothbrush, AA alkaline or heavy duty flashlight battery, small vegetable or scrubbing brush, medium size rubber band, small needle nosed pliers, small craft saw, protective eyewear, and a nail.
  • Project 2: Motorized Robot — Friction car, small 1.5 to 3 volt motor, 22 gauge stranded wire, AAA alkaline or heavy duty flashlight batteries, 1/4” diameter (outside dimension) clear tubing, 3” by 3” foam core or thick cardboard, medium size rubber band, small Philips screwdriver, and needle nosed pliers with a side cutter or wire cutters.
  • Project 3: Mousebot — Small 1.5 – 3 volt toy motors, 22 gauge stranded wire, AAA x 2 battery holder, AAA alkaline, heavy duty flashlight or rechargeable batteries, 6-32 x 1/2” pan head machine screw, 1/4” diameter (outside dimension) clear tubing, and a 5” by 5” foam board or thick cardboard.
  • Project 4: Robot Building Platform — Radio-controlled toy vehicle with car-type steering, roll of duct tape, 22 gauge solid wire, 10-15 foot modular phone cord, four conductors, AA x 3 battery holder, AA alkaline batteries, 6-32 x 1” pan head machine screws, 6-32 nuts, #6 flat washers, double-sided foam tape, and a 12” by 12” foam board.

Get the tools

You will also need several tools to build the projects in the book. These include:

  • Electrical tape
  • Wire strippers
  • Small Philips screwdriver
  • Hot melt glue gun and glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Needle nosed pliers with a side cutter or wire cutters
  • Ruler for measuring the lengths of things

Tool tip

A pan head screw is a type of machine screw that you will use to build your robots. The design of a pan head screw resembles a “squashed mushroom,” making it easier for your robot to glide smoothly over surfaces. Click here to learn more about the pan head screw.

Keep building

Once you’ve mastered the Mousebot and Robot Building Platform projects, you can download these templates to make an army of mousebots or dozens of robot building platforms.

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