Category Archives: Electra (retired)
Electra was retired after Reading Robot Club 7 on the 10th September 2005 at which it won the non-spinner competition. In the end it had come as far as a robot with servos for wheel motors could, the next step … Continue reading
After the damage sustained at Reading Robot club 2 Electra needed a rebuild. I decided to clean up the design by shortening the servo leads where possible, and putting the voltage regulator on a breadboard with a capacitor to make … Continue reading
In a continuing effort to become MillitANT proof (a particularly poweful spinner) Electra now sports a carbon fibre flipper and a stronger flipper-sliderail link. The body also has an internal lip in front of the wheels to stop the battery … Continue reading
This version of Electra has a metal front to the flipper as well as a shorter body, so that it now fits into the regulation four inch box. The on/off switch has gone and the flipper is wider at the … Continue reading
This version of Electra was built for the 1st Reading Robot Club. It specifically had a much lower front scoop, made of thin plastic and bolted to the polycarbonate flipper.
This version of Electra has a logo, a better made sliding rail, a metal mount for the servos, a lighter on/off switch at the back and most importantly Lithium Polymer batteries, with a voltage regulator to convert 7.4v to 5v, … Continue reading
Using a slide rail attached to the flipper the “adjusting rod” problem is solved.
Electra has a new body, with the servos still mounted on the original polycarbonate frame, which raises them approximately 1cm from the base of the robot. This meants that they only stick out 2mm from under Electra. They are 45mm … Continue reading
Now I had the wheels and I had the body. The next job was fitting one into the other. I had been thinking a lot about making the wheels wider to give me more traction (This is a point under … Continue reading