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Solarbotics GMPW 2-5/8" Wheel

 

I have been hard at work creating some new CAD models to share with the LMR team. 

This is the Solarbotics GMPW 2-5/8" Diameter Wheel.  This wheel is made to match the GM2, GM3, GM8, and GM9 gearmotors.  It is modeled in SolidWorks 2008.

Solarbotics GM2/8 DC Gearmotor

 

I have been hard at work creating some new CAD models to share with the LMR team. 

This is the Solarbotics GM2 (or GM8 depending on the gear ratio) DC Gearmotor.  It is modeled in SolidWorks 2008 as a single part file, not an assembly, to reduce the file size.

Review: Solarbotics Zendulum

Intro:

It's time to find a sunny spot in the house, put on some chillout background music, light some aromatic candles, all in all prepare to get in a Zen mood :)

Ready? Good. The last missing piece is the Solarbotics Zendulum to complete the scene:

This is the fully functional test chassis for my Arduino based sumo robot. It will be competing in March, 2011. For the prototype I am using a piece of plywood to … Read more

GM3/GM9 strength at low voltage?

I need help from someone who owns a solarbotics geared motor type GM3 or GM9, or even better: both!

I wantot to know how strong they are when driven directly from a single AAA 1,5 Volt battery. If you hook it up to the battery and hold on to the axle/output shaft, will the motor be able to spin itself around? Would it be able to keep spinning if you taped the battery onto the motor body, or would the added weight of the battery be to much to keep whole contraption rotating around its own axle?

GMPWs

does anybody want to trade a pair of yellow GMPWs for a pair of black?

Mini Sumo Bot Parts!

Intro

I decided to make a mini sumo robot a few weeks ago instead of doing an obstacle avoider. Turns out that once you think about it, mini sumo bots and obstacle avoiders are pretty much the same! The only changes I would need to make would be to the code. Great! Sumos can also double as line followers. So in short, they're pretty versatile. Here is an image of most of the parts that will go into this sucker. 

Picture

Bounces off walls
Thanks to the LMR society I was asked to do a review on one of Solarbotics robots. It's a little critter called The BeetleBot. So hold tight, here it comes. … Read more

SOLAR-1

So I was going to post a blog with a picture but I can but the picture was about my robot  SOLAR-1. It has a IR sensor, a Light sensor, 2 LEDs, Picaxe mircocontroller and that all of the major part of the robot. It will avoid object and when its in a dark place it will turn two a very bright blue LEDs located above the light sensor. Thats all for now cheack back next time for some updates

Improvements to Components & Solarbotics components on LMR

Hi, guys. I just wanted to keep you up to date on the improvements I've been working on for the site. As you probably know, a few months ago we imported the full Pololu product catalog into our Components section, and we've been talking about ways to make use of that nice big database we now have.

The Turbot

So. The Mrs. gave me the Turbot Tumbling Robot from Solarbotics for Christmas.

When I ordered my solarbotics track kit, I threw in a few of their "baby" GM motors thinking they would be fantastic for mini robots. When they arrived and it came … Read more
Avoid obstacles, wake me up, water the plants.
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09/06/09 I finished the latest cleaner head and mounted it temporarily on Ozzy with double sided tape. This is the 3rd revision of the vacuum head, the 2nd was made … Read more

GM10 motor strength

I've ordered th GM10 geared minimotor from solarbotics.

link: http://www.solarbotics.com/products/gm10/

I know some of you have used it before.

Mine haven't arrived yet, so I'm still dreaming about it.

Here's a quick question for those who know it;

How big a wheel can I connect directly to the output shaft on the GM10 without any significant loss of power. I see they ship it with an optional 25mm wheel, is that the biggest recommended diameter, or can I go bigger without gearing it down further?