Robot Help

  • Hello all,

    Recently I've undertaken a CREST gold award which is effectively an assessed science project. Part of my project is effectively a simplistic robot that automatically pushes/pulls levers as part of a sequences (sort of shown in the sketch below). However I'm very new to robotics. I would like to clarify I'm not asking anyone to write the code, I was just wondering if anyone knows the easiest language/way for me to write the code, please could they reply.

    All opinions would be really helpful as I haven't really seen anything about this online.

    Thanks in advance,

    S

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  • What is your platform? You could do anything from running this from a Linux or Windows PC, all the way down to an Arduino, depending on your power requirements and what servo motor you're using.

    I have Windows 10 and I was considering Python but I don't really know enough to know if Python will work.

  • I have Windows 10 and I was considering Python but I don't really know enough to know if Python will work.

    there are courses for python on youtube (for many hours, actually for days - covering everything)


    If you like I can sing all of the rules for you - otherwise just get familiar with it)

    Just start with the start

  • there are courses for python on youtube (for many hours, actually for days - covering everything)


    If you like I can sing all of the rules for you - otherwise just get familiar with it)

    Just start with the start

    Yes please, I'd like you to 'sing' the basics for me if you have time thanks.

  • Then what's your hardware? What motor? What motor controller? What speed/torque/currrent/payload?

    That's kind of what I'm asking, like what are the basic things to consider/the best things for a beginner?

  • That's kind of what I'm asking, like what are the basic things to consider/the best things for a beginner?

    So much of this depends on how heavy an object you're trying to move, and how fast...


    At the very bottom end, an Arduino with a Motor Shield makes a decent minimum-cost starting point. Hobby servos are widely available in a broad range of sizes and power ratings (and prices), and their gearhead interfaces are standardized so it's easy to find CAD data for them if you need to 3D-print an adapter of some kind.


    I second the SparkFun and AdaFruit recommendation -- they have all the components, and most of the component pages have tutorial videos and sample code to start from.

  • So much of this depends on how heavy an object you're trying to move, and how fast...


    At the very bottom end, an Arduino with a Motor Shield makes a decent minimum-cost starting point. Hobby servos are widely available in a broad range of sizes and power ratings (and prices), and their gearhead interfaces are standardized so it's easy to find CAD data for them if you need to 3D-print an adapter of some kind.


    I second the SparkFun and AdaFruit recommendation -- they have all the components, and most of the component pages have tutorial videos and sample code to start from.

    Okay thank you I'll definitely do that.

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