It started with taking apart Charles' CAD and figuring out what kind of resources I would have. Currently most of my work comes out of our local hackerspace-Makerplace. Similar to the well known techshop, it provides a full wood, laser, craft and metal shop to anyone that pays the month membership and passes basic certifications on the equipment. With a range of equipment including CNC mill, bridgeports, and lathe just about anything is possible. However Makerspace has a lot of cons but those can be another very long blog post.
|Do I need a bigger mill?|
|CAD! A complete mess of a model atm|
- Must fit in my trunk without lots of disassembly
- Must go fast.. 30mph? lol....
- To do the later 2 speed gearboxes
- Decent control and handling
- Budget..... or lack of therefore more on this later.
- And to look awesome
With materials I had in hand I went with a regular 6061 extruded box design, held together with gussets and a bunch of 1/4-20 bolts. It's basically how I built several FRC robots in my past. It's cheap, quick and is pretty strong for how light it is. The frame is pretty simple, I went pretty bare bones with everything in the build, squares and simple shapes.
This will be it for this post more to come soon. I am currently in the process of upgrading MarkChibi for the San Diego Maker Faire Dec .7