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SERVO Issue 9.2013
SERVO Issue 9.2013 

Features

The Road to the DARPA Robotics Challenge
by Daniel Albert, Chris Mayer
Read one team’s chronicle of what it will take to compete in track D of this monumental event. Page 58

The Fourth Annual Lunabotics Competition
by Morgan Berry
College students descend on the Kennedy Space Center for NASA’s yearly contest to build lunar rovers. Page 67

LEGO Mindstorm Robots at the 2013 Lunabotics Competition
by Morgan Berry
As part of NASA’s annual event, special workshops were held for school-aged children — all the way down to preschool — to help foster a love for STEM education by learning to use LEGOs to build bots. Page 71

Projects

3D Printers Part 5: Filament

by Michael Simpson

Filament is the life blood of a 3D printer. This month, various types of filament are discussed and how to calibrate the printer for a specific kind. Page 36

A Look at Holonomic Locomotion

by Dick Swan, Roger Tang

Holonomic robots are omnidirectional and incredibly mobile. This article looks at these types of robots constructed with two different styles of wheels. Page 44

Making Better Arduino Robots with the ArdBot — Part 2

by Gordon McComb

We’ll move forward with completing the ArdBot II’s electrical subsystems, and give our robot its first taste of adventure with a simple servo test routine. Page 50

Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
• Just Think • This is Research? • Kibo Bot Destined for ISS • Bot is Diggin’ It. Page 08

GeerHead
by David Geer
Modular Cooperating Robot Components
Hip, new robots from Barobo, Inc., build on themselves to form educational and prototyping platforms, as well as enable new hacks for the creative roboticist. Page 10

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Creating autonomous behavior with Action Builder from the RoboBuilder Creative kit. Page 14

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Parallax, Inc.
Learn about the beginnings of this ground-breaking company and some of the products they’re famous for. Page 74

Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: Tanto
in Combat Zone: Features
For the last 16 years, I have been building and competing in robot combat. You name it, I’ve probably built it — from walkers to brick bots to full power flippers to hydraulic crushers in almost all weight divisions. Page 28

THEN and NOW: A Decade Later With Richard Stuplich
in Combat Zone: Features
Richard Stuplich first came to the public’s attention in the final two seasons of BattleBots. His super heavyweight, New Cruelty, was eight wheels and 220 pounds of rock solid battering ram. Page 31

Orangutan Drives Fleaweight
in Combat Zone: Features
One of the challenges when designing a Fleaweight (150 g) robot is finding lightweight components that allow you to squeeze the most out of the limited weight allowance. Page 33

PRODUCT REVIEW: Botbitz 30A ESCs
in Combat Zone: Features
The Banebots BB-12-45 was for many years the most commonly used speed controller in the 12 lb Hobbyweight class of combat robot. Page 34


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