Once you start discovering the beautiful world of robotics, you will realize that are are plenty of excellent electronic options available. You will probably find proper tools, tons of Arduino/Raspberry modules, and several other excellent electronic kits. The problem appears when you actually want to create "real" things that interact with those electronics. For the beginner, it's easy to get lost into the thousands of mechanical pieces, servos, motors, aluminium parts and beams available. It's likely that you will spend a lot of money buying some pieces that are not the proper ones, or that cannot be joined together; and eventually spending a lot of time across the several DIY websites to understand what's available and what you could do with those pieces. This kit bridges the gap between DIY electronics and mechanics. For example, assume you want to create a robotic arm with your specific customization, or you want to create a fan that swings according to some instructions, or a linear rail to place a camera, or a large enclosure for your Arduino projects. Instead of scavenging through internet, it would be easier to get a kit containing all the stuff that your need.
Broadly speaking, this Kit includes: A) lots of aluminium extrusions and accessories to connect them for general applications B) other mechanical pieces that can easily be connected to the aforementioned extrusions for more specific applications C) motors and servos that you would typically use in your live projects.
For example, this kit allows you to build a robotic arm (for which you can build a support structure using the aluminium extrusions from (A), mount the servo brackets, servo discs, and U-frames from (B), and finally mount the actual servos from (C).
In particular the pieces contained on this Kit are:
- 50cm Aluminium Beam 10X
- 10cm Aluminium Beam 8X
- 16cm Aluminium Beam 8X
- 20cm Aluminium Beam 8X
- 8cm Aluminium Beam 8X
- 6cm Aluminium Beam 8X
- T- Lock-Nut 15X
- T-joining plate 5X
- Zinc L Connector 15X
- 25cm Aluminium Beam 8X
- NEMA 17 Stepper Motor 1X
- Linear Rail Top 1X
- Linear Rail Bottom 1X
- 10mm Steel Rod 2X
- 8mm threaded Rod 1X
- Nut Housing 1X
- Nut housing - Rod connector 1X
- T rail connector 1X
- Flange Brackets 4X
- 45d Angle connector 4X
- Linear Bearing 2X
- Flange Bearing 1X
- MG996R Servos 4X
- U-Connector 8X
- Servo Brackets 4X
- Flex Coupler 1X
- Bracket connector 1X
- Teeth to shaft coupler 1X
- 200mmx200mm Black Sheet 8X
- 100mmx100mm Black Sheet 8X
- Vertical Beam connector 4X
- Large Aluminium Case (68cm x 30cm x 19cm)
- 1X Robot Clamp 1X
- Servo Bearing 4X
- Large Box connector 2X
- Servo Discs 4X
- L black connector 6X
- L connector 6X
- General connector plate 1X
- M5 for extrusion 25X
- Plastic Box container 1X
- 90d Angle Connector 6X
- Cooler 1X
- M5 Nuts 25X
- M5 Bolts 6mm 25X
- M3 Nuts 50X
- M4 CounterSunk 14mm 25X
- M4 Nuts 25X
- M4 Bolts 10mm 25X
- M3 6mm 25X
- M5 Bolts 12mm 25X
- M3 10mm 25X
- 8mm Rod 1X
- Vertical Brackets 2X
- Clip 2X
- Fixed Coupler 1X
Some of the pieces are standard ones, whereas some of them are specifically designed by us.
The parts come in a high-end 68cm x 30cm x 19cm aluminium case for the standard versions. The lower-end ones come in cardboard box with proper packaging foam.
Support and project ideas
We know how frustrating it is for the beginner, to understand how to place the pieces, how to foresee when the acting forces will be just too high, or what's each piece for.
We feel that this kit will help a lot of people translate those crazy hardware ideas into real projects. But in order to achieve that, we also want to provide the backers (and eventually whoever buys this) with general ideas, explanations, pictures regarding how to use this kit. For example, we want to explain using a set of pictures (and possibly video), how you would typically assemble a linear rail system.
We will upload this material to our website. Probably this will consist:
A) One video per project explaining the final result
B) Another video explaining the mechanical forces acting, and what are the permissible limits of each design
C) Additional discussions, links to other websites, and possibly a forum per project
D) Arduino code with explanations
1) Is this compatible with Arduino/Raspberry? Absolutely. The servos, stepper motor, and cooler can be easily driven by most micro controllers, with an external 6V(Servos) or 12V battery (Cooler or Stepper Motor). Naturally, the mechanical pieces are hardware-software agnostic.
2) Can I build a 3d printer? Many pieces contained here will be useful, but you will need lots of additional pieces.
3) I want to mount these pieces over a tank chassis, can I do it? Yes, aluminium is naturally very light and will be an excellent choice.
4) What are the servo limitations? What are the implications regarding what I can assemble? These are Hi-Torque servos (that stall at around 16kg / cm - that's around 1.5 Newtons per Meter), but their effectiveness decays dramatically as the length of the pieces they work on increases. Typically, you don't want them to work on pieces longer than 20-30cm.
5) Do the pieces come in anodized aluminium? The black pieces come in anodized aluminium
6) Do you plan to add more pieces? We might add more pieces if we feel the backers will have difficulties assembling certain types of structures.
7) What are the project ideas you will provide? What are the explanations you will provide? We will add tutorials with tips, videos, pictures, and discussions.
8) Assuming i buy this, what else would i be missing to begin my projects? You will typically be missing an Arduino, cables, batteries and a stepper motor driver.
Why do we need your help?
This kit requires pieces from different suppliers and manufacturers. If we don't achieve a minimum amount of backers, the components prices would be just too high (specially for the components designed by ourselves).
The amount of backers will also determine the quality of the presentation: the stickers quality, whether we can afford foam slot inserts, the quality of the instructions we provide for assembly, etc.
Our production strategy
The standard parts will be bulk bought. Most of the non-standard ones will be produced in China by aluminium design factories we have been working with. We might be forced to change some of the pieces, and replace them by alternative ones, should we encounter logistic difficulties.
Risks and challenges
The project requires interacting with different suppliers. Many of the possible problems may appear in that direction - i.e: a supplier may be unable to get the parts in time, and we might need to find an alternative ones.
Some of the motors or servos might be defective (as any other electronic product). In that case we will naturally replace them, but that might process might lead to some frustration to the backers.
After we finish our initial batch, we would need to ensure we have the proper supply chain, to feed additional pieces to the backers who want additional pieces.
We feel that the risks associated to this are much smaller than other typical technology projects.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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