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Adventures Of Botchy

I thought I would start a new page. I would like to completely delete the old stuff. I will have pictures soon. They are already taken. I have had my struggles, so i named her Botchy instead of Sunshine.

Here are some pix:



Thanks for your support!

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That is what I have so far.

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#70  
Hello MovieMaker, just to let you know I CARE, I look at your post very frequently and hope the best for your project, I know it's difficult, I have trouble myself finding motivation (and money) to continue. You know, you can let go of the arms for now and just begin the programmation, when your robot do a big bunch of what you want, go forward and add the arms... The important thing is having fun, do not forget that.
#71  
Ya, I know Mel. It sucks when you put a lot into something and it doesn't work out as you planed. Very discouraging. Maybe if you take a break and catch your breath you'll find that second wind and give it another try. Perhaps inspiration will strike one morning after a good nights sleep and you'll pick up a wrench and get it working.

If you stop building I hope you don't stop visiting this forum. It's nice having you around.
United Kingdom
#72  
Hi Mel, please do not give up on building robots, you are an inspiration to all of us! I am also a long term robot builder like yourself my first build was 1979!

On the arms (for the shoulders) would it be of help if I sent you some of the amazing Bosh servo motors with feedback potentiometer? These are very powerful motors and easy to fix, have a look at the latest pictures that I have put on the AIMEC thread. You would need an H bridge (I have a spare double H bridge) that are you are also welcomed to and you could control the shoulder position by monitoring the pot with an Analogue port on the EZ-B. I do not want any payment for these parts as I am happy to be able to help another serious long term robot builder.

Tony
#73  
Guys, thanks so much. I plan to stay on the forum forever. You guys have given me a second breath. I will continue. I have decided to take it all apart and start over. But, the arms are all worn out having been taken apart so many times.

If I had to do it over, I would have followed Matt's build. It was simple. Too late, because I have already broken the pieces inside to the arms for this build. I am NOT blaming Mr. A. he told us in the video not to get in a hurry.


This is the first time that I have built something that did not work. Thanks for Caring. I LOVE you guys!

:D
United Kingdom
#74  
Mel, if you can wait the 2-6 weeks that it might take, I would be happy to send the parcel over ISF (International signed for) surface mail and I will pay the delivery cost. This will be the lowest cost way to send.

Tony
PRO
USA
#76  
Mel,
Hang in there. There is nothing wrong with re-doing and making improvements.
Sometimes my efforts pay off, and sometimes not. Maybe there are things you can simplify on your robot?
Days when I don't feel liking building, I enjoy programming new routines, exploring different features on EZB, or just operating my robot.
Your improvements will eventually work out.
Steve S
#77  
Thanks, Steve. I have Attention Deficit Disorder and it makes me impatient and also hard to carry a thought. I just want to get through with this project so I can move on into programming only. I have been building robots for 41 years. This was the FIRST time that I built something that did not work. No, I am sorry, I had a turtlebot that was built for ROS and I threw it in the dumpster. But, it was built fine, I think. IT was just that I did not understand ROS. So, two times recently doesn't sound too good. Of course, I am talking about in my later 41 years. In the first part, I was burning and blowing up and rebuilding robots. I had a young man's energy.

Right Now, botchy is completely and totally taken appart. The only thing that I have finished is the Eyes. I am going to totally rebuild her. But, I am not sure of the design because the other design did not work very well. But, I will continue to work on her as I can afford to buy new parts. Last night , the dumpster was looking Pretty Good, but it was closed and locked for the evening. So, botchy had her stay of execution. This morning, there was a lot of support coming in that boosted my spirits and I feel like it is going to be "ok".

Thanks for your support! When I start to feel bad and beatin, I will come back here and read these wonderful posts and it will encourage me to go forward.

;)
#78  
Well, I got the eyes made and the head assembled.
;)
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USA
#79  
Mel,
Thats good, do a little @ a time.
Keep it basic, not too fancy.
You will make progress.
I have always liked your projects and respect you.
Thanks
Steve s
#80  
Thank You, my friend. I also respect all of you.

;)
#81  
@MovieMaker... We all do this for stress relief, an escape from life... This is fun and an extension of our childhood... Find a way to get back to the fun....
#82  
Thank you, my friend. You are a wise man.
:)
#83  
Ok, I have the Head and Eyes rebuilt and I have rebuilt the arms so many times that i have to tape or glue them back together all of the screws are stripped and the connects broken. I rebuilt them each two more times without success. Then I decided before I totally scrapped them, to just skip the lazy susan parts and run them straight. They seem to work. So, instead of having a Lincoln, I will drive a Pinto. Time will tell. i have put on the tray for the mimo monitor and have also installed a holder for the W3 on the back. I have made the neck straight instead of leaning. I have re-done the base. I will have to wire everthing up once the glue and expoy and silcone dry.

Wish me luck.
;)
#84  
Pinto! Didn't they blow up when they got hit from behind (or was that the Pacer)?


Nice progress! I'm glad things are going better for you and your little gal.
#86  
My Cady is turning into a Pinto as well. I'm hoping to end up with at least a Pontiac when I'm done. Keep it up. I think you're closer than than you think.:)
#87  
Thanks for the encouraging word. Things are looking up. I have worked on the base, sensors, and I am now wiring the arms. It should be all back together in another week or so. Will it work? we will see. don't know. But, I think it will. I am planning to upgrade both arms to the Lexi arms. And, Tony(Toymaker) has sent me or will be sending me a powerful servo. so, at this point, I am very optomistic.

;)
#88  
Well, it is official. Botchy is paraplegic. I have removed the arms awaiting new part to come in. I have found that one of the ezb's has been blown and I have to repair it.

Thanks for your support!
;)
#89  
Well, my EZB went out, so I am waiting on another to arrive. Maybe it will arrive before Christmas.

sorry for lack of updates. . . . . . . . .