Creating The Perspex Top Plate:Below you will find an outline of our process and the tools and materials that we used. Towards the end we also take a look at how you might create a top plate like ours even if you don't have access to the tools that we have at our disposal. We have also included download links to our files, which you can find at the foot of the article.
Step 1 - Starting the design:AutoCad to draw the shape, however, any 2D design software can be used.
Step 2 - Finalising The Design:
Step 3 - Exporting The Design To The Laser Cutter Software:
Step 4 - Cutting Out The Top Plate:Midnight Black Perspex Sheet.
Step 5 Fixing The Top Plate To The Buggy:
Alternative Design And Manufacturing Info:When designing these Robot Wars inspired buggies we had a number of resources at our disposal that some of you may not have access to. Here are some hints and tips for how you might approach the job even if you don't have access to a laser cutter or 2D design software. The Design: If you don't have access to a laser cutter you will need to create a to scale stencil. To do this you can either print off your 2D CAD design or create a design by hand on paper. If like me you lack the necessary draughtsman's skills, drawing your design on graph paper can help you keep everything perfectly symmetrical. Preparing The Perspex Sheet: You can cut out your paper design and place it on the perspex sheet, draw around it with dry wipe marker and also mark off where the holes should be. Before cutting, check that your stencil has the holes in the right place by laying it over the top of your Line Following Buggy. Manufacturing: Using a saw, cut out your design and then drill your holes. Before moving onto tidying up the edges, check it once again against the buggy. You can tidy up the edges of your top plate by sanding them flat.
Downloads:Most of you will be using the original motor driver boards but if you happen to have one of the new V2 Motor Driver Boards we have also designed a top plate to accommodate its larger size.
- Perspex Top Plate for the original Motor Driver Board.
- Perspex Top Plate for the V2 Motor Driver Board.
|Build A Robot Wars Buggy Learning Resources.|
|Part 1 - Intro.||What we did, why we did it and what we used.|
|Part 2 - The Buggy.||It's all about the line following buggy, We used the buggy as is and attached custom parts.|
|Part 3 - The Perspex Top Plate.||How we designed and cut the top plate, with alternative methods for those without laser cutters.|
|Part 4 - The 3D printed Add-ons.||How we designed and 3D printed the add-ons, with alternative methods for those without 3D printers.|
|Part 5 - Making The Flag.||Our design process for making the self righting flag.|
|Part 6 - Coding with the Microsoft PXT Editor.||Beyond line following. Martin Woolley gives a very thorough breakdown of how he wrote the code for the Robot Buggies. Learn how!|
|Part 7 - Bluetooth Buggy Control.||How to turn your Android device into a remote control for the buggy, including pairing instructions, Again, over to Martin Wooley.|
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