Dive into the deep end of your imagination and build your dream robot today; no welding or machine shop needed!
Welcome to the next wave of robotic quick prototyping. My system of modular assemblies and framing will give you the ability to jump right into the creative process and allow your project to get off the ground quickly and reliably.
My effort is to make the first phase of your project the easiest, instead of the hardest. I have created a real world erector set for the DIY community and an education tool to allow students to realize their design in minutes instead of weeks.
My ultimate goal is to have 10,000 people creating their dreams by getting them past the first step, making it move. To also open the door to kids that don't have shop or vocational class in school because of budget and insurance liability cuts, a path to learning the best way, by trial and error, revise and retest, to create their dream.
My system is a no weld, no machining needed, robust quick prototyping aluminum framing solution. The 2'x2'x3" chassis kits are made from industry standard 6061-T6 aluminum and have been designed and battle tested to give you a easy and strong system to create your project. All our assemblies are precision milled and dressed to allow a single person with minimal tools to create a complete chassis frame, and with optional available COTS hardware, drivetrain, electronics and control system. With just basic tools, you could have a drivable remote control robot in about an hour!
I have created this mobile chassis system in part to help schools implement robotic curriculum and the DIY community realize their dreams of creating a usable real world robot or other mobile idea by modularizing and standardizing the hardest step, the first one. My system allows anyone with a sixth grade level dexterity to build a working prototype in less than a day.
After 15 years of building robots for Battlebots and Robot Wars and the like, I found that the initial step, the frame and drive system, took the most time and limited the project's use and ability, mostly due to not having the best machining skills or access to the necessary welding and machining hardware. After paying a lot of money and time for professional work, some that never measured up in the arena, I spent a long time teaching myself to weld and machine the parts myself. This project is my attempt to give others the leg up I didn’t have on their dream of building things, without the years of painful and expensive missteps.
I designed and prototyped out my robot framing system to help others make their dream of building a useful robot a reality. It incorporates years of experience and trial and error effort to refine a strong, yet easy to use and reusable platform to build robots and the like. My fully CNCed 2’x2’x3" initial prototyping kit can build a robot up to 500 pounds that can take a beating and still handle the job, day in and day out. If it can handle the combat arena it can sure handle the outside world. I think of it as an robotic Erector set for the 21st century!
One of my personal goals is to have schools use our system to teach our kids how to make things. To allow the kids to use their imagination to build a real robot, not a toy or a flimsy plastic model, but a quality product that actually can be used in the real world. The loss of our shop and vocational schooling to budget cuts and insurance costs upsets me greatly and I designed this system so that sixth graders on up could use it and start to learn the lessons I learned back in shop and autobody class that shaped how I learned to make things. And the system is designed to be taken apart and reused again and again, so the school can reuse the parts year after year.
My other passion is to support the DIY community, to see their creativity soar and to create something that Makers can use to get their projects off the ground. To prototype, refine and ultimately share or sell a finished product with the same system. Most times when we build hardware, we prototype with one thing, then build with another and finally produce the end product with even a third iteration. I aim to allow the entire lifecycle of a project to be done with our one product. Prototype, functional testing, revision and final assembly, all using the same base system.
My project is to make this a reality for as many people as possible and to do that I need to get the production cost down to an entry level that allows the most people access to it. I have the first production run already ordered and partially funded and am hoping to expand that initial run to bring the price down further. I would love to see 10,000 people all making their idea come to life with my system.
I spent years of my life building things and want to share that joy with as many people as possible. This prototyping kit project hopefully will allow others to climb that mountain by cutting a few of the first hills down to size, making a staircase to the next level. Join me and help me realize my goal of a robot in every house, a Maker in every heart.
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What parts are included with the "Artifist Robotics actual PrototQuik kit from the first production run"? If I add Motors, Wheels, electronics and power, can I make a ridable robot out of this kit?
The Prototype kit is a 2'x2'x3" Aluminum frame. The kit includes four U-channel outer rails, one I-beam cross member, four wheel and motor mount rails, two full 90 degree connectors, 12 half 90 corner/rail connectors. Also we are providing just for kickstarter backers, 3.5" Colson wheels with a 5/8" hardened keyed shafting with a #35 10 tooth keyed sprocket pre-assembled and eight sliding bearing holders with 5/8" OD r10z bearings installed. All hardware comes with 1/4"-20 set screws installed for prototyping and quick out of the shipping box assembly.
Our website will have the motor mounts for 2.5" FIRST motors, the 3" Magmotor motors as well as the custom 24volt dewalt motor mounts. $750 backers or above will get the chains pre cut and sized for the chain loops needed for the kit after choosing the sprocket size desired.. At that time you can order your motors from us or tell us which ones you are using and we will pre-test everything for fit and finish. We also have mounting plates for smaller motors - the 18v Dewalt Powerdrives and the Banebots gearboxes also. Since the kit doesn't necessarily need a top or belly plate, we also sell an addon aluminum belly plate that has the bolt pattern predrilled or a polycarbonate one that is see thru..
This would give you a low profile powered platform that you can make into a ridable robot, if that is your dream.
Our kits are designed for flexibility and modular design solutions. As for applications so far, we have had stage mangers approach us to want to use it for stage scene movers. One of the beta testers is building a mobile rack mount for data center high density applications. We have built mobility test platforms for the elderly to ride on as low profile standing wheelchairs replacement. One early adopter wants us to do a custom run so he can build an, in the field, front door CNC router! There are a myriad of applications in the industrial or medical systems, research centers, and factory floors as the system can easily carry a quarter ton of payload. Real life useful applications, not just toys or special purpose one off designs. The only limits are your imagination.
Sure, the system is specifically designed to accommodate wheels up to 10 inches at most any width. The inner rails slide in the bevels to the precise opening needed and then can be adjusted endlessly (unless you weld it ;>) One of the cool features is that the bearing sliders are offset 1/4". This allows them to be adjusted up, down or out of the frame an extra 1/4"! comes in handy to raise or lower the chassis by simply rotating the part and reinserting it. We have several wheel solutions and motor mounts to fit whatever you come up with and are adding new hardware mounts all the time.
Are these useable for a 30lb battlebot or are they too heavy? Can they be cut down in length or width and still work?
The basic kit contains the hardware necessary to build a 30lb. It is stock approximately 15lb 5oz for 2'x2'x3" frame kit (this doesn't include a top or bottom plate)
The Basic (the $450 backer level on right) Kit includes:
10lb 6oz - 4x 2' u-rails for the sides of the robot w/Corner brackets
2lb 12oz - 4x small motor rails w/connectors
1lb 7oz - 4x 3.5" Colson wheels w/ 1/2" keyed Al hubs
15oz - 4x 1/2" bearings and bearing mounts
I went ahead and added:- a pair of 18v Team Delta Dewalt PowerEdge motors, shafts and mounting plates (4lb 1 oz)- a pair of 24v A123 battery pack (2lb 7oz)- two victor speed controllers w/ mounting plates and a radio,switch and battery on a mounting plate (1.10 oz) and that came to 8lb 2oz more.
Add a bit of belts/chains and 4x 1/2" pulley/sprockets for two motor (~1lb) or add another 4lb for two more motor setups for a great rammer bot.The kit is easily modified with a chop saw or even a hacksaw to shorten the frame to the desired length and width. Also weight saving can be had by boring 2" holes in the wall face without major loss of structural rigidity. Another weight saver is to cut out the rail tops and bottoms where the extra railing isn't needed. I would guess that you could move the frame portion down into the 10-12lb with a 20% reduction in the frame dimensions. Also we have standalone motor mounts for small motors that allow you to lose the small motor rails saving about a 1lb and change. You can also go with the cheap lipolys to half the weight of the A123 and skip the heavy electrical mounting plates too.
30lb seems doable to me with some work, but YMMV of course.
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