Archive for October, 2008

Pololu Custom Laser Cutting Service Rocks!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Creating custom parts for your bot can be a daunting task. That is, if you don’t know about Pololu’s Custom Laser Cutting Service. I recently needed some custom parts created for the upper torso of one of my bots for Mech Wars, and after look around a bit I decided to try out their service.

I have to give my highest recommendation to this service provided by the great folks at Pololu. I personally can’t afford a CNC or Laser Cutting machine, but now I don’t need to. I sent in a 2D CAD file of my design (they can also create one for you from a drawing), selected what type of plastic I wanted it cut from, and they got back to me promptly with a price quote which made my jaw drop. Extremely affordable, prompt and courteous service, and the results were fantastic. Again, I can’t recommend their service enough, it should literally be considered another tool in your toolbox. If needing a custom part for your project ever held you back, look no further.

Here are some pictures of the parts I ordered (Click to Enlarge):

Here’s the assembled upper torso with Airsoft guns mounted.

And here’s the frame of the Mech, Hagetaka, put together (for the most part, needs a lot of work and a paintjob):

The Parallax Scribbler Robot is in the house!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

We’re proud to now offer the Scribbler Robot from Parallax, which is a fantastic choice for the beginner enthusiast. This versatile little bot is aimed at ages 8 and up, but is flexible enough for even a more advanced enthusiast to enjoy. This robot offers a variety of demo programs that come preloaded as well as a Visual GUI based programming option and a true text based Basic programming interface. This means that while the robot will work out great of the box, it won’t be something you will quickly outgrow.

Matt Denton unveils pictures of new MicroMagic Hexapod Kit

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Matt Denton of MicroMagic Systems recently unveiled that he was producing a kit form of his infamous line of MicroMagic Hexapods.

We were pretty excited to hear this and he has just given us some very drool worthy pictures of the kit in assembled form. Pricing and release date are still TBD, but we’re looking into carrying the kit and would love to hear your opinion on it.

Here’s a sample of one of the variations being offered:

Check out Matt’s post for the collection of pictures posted.