Beastly the Drifting Robot

Jeremie

Canada
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This is Beastly the Drifting Robot, it has mecanum wheels to help it slide and strafe! I hope to have more footage to share soon:D

PARTS LIST:

1 x Walmart product Link
1 x EZ-B IoTIny from EZ-Robot
1 x EZ-B Camera from EZ-Robot
2 x Tattu 3.7V 600mAh 1S LiPo Battery Pack
4 x Old servo electronics modified for continuous rotation
8 x 2.49kohm 0603 SMD Resistors (for replacing potentiometer on servo electronics)
1 x JST-XH 2.5mm plug salvaged from an old 7.4V 2S LiPo battery

The software being used is ARC and can be downloaded here:
https://synthiam.com/Products/ARC

LIVE HACK:



Manufacturer Link for the RC Toy

Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some, and sometimes you spectacularly fail some!:D

While I wanted to show @Nink some cool strafing movements with this robot, turns out fate had another plan, lol. During my testing, I broke one of the mecanum wheels right off. It broke where the plastic gear shaft meets the wheel. There is a reinforcing metal bar within the gear to give it strength but I still managed to break it.

At first, I thought it might have been a fluke so I did an epoxy repair (as I knew super glue wouldn't hold for long). And while my fix ended up passing and working out well that still didn't prevent me from snapping the next wheel off a few minutes later hahaha. Yeah, I think that over-driving these motors with a higher voltage is blowing this thing apart. Now I'm at the stage of deciding whether to give up on it, drop the voltage to the motors down, or epoxy all the wheels.

Let me know what you guys think I should do!:D

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PRO
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#1   — Edited
Sweet, had to go to sleep before you finished but it is fantastic going back and watching the finished product. 3 hour 30 minute mark.  Awesome! 

PRO
Canada
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*Moved my comment into the body of the Robot project instead
PRO
Canada
#5  
Sounds like you pushed the plastic toy beyond its limits and it will keep failing.  I think we learned a lot from the hack and I know my next wheeled robot will have mecanum wheels although I am not sure I will use the wheeled and axels off a $20 toy car. I suggest salvage the electronics and move to a new wheel chassis project some time in the future.