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Actobotics Runt Rover™ Bogie Project – Part II

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Actobotics Runt Rover™ Bogie

This awesome little crawler is a lot of fun.  When I pumped up the Volts… it really scoots!

Here is a shot of the RC Receiver and Motor Controller used in the project. Actobotics suggested using the RoboClaw 2x5A Motor Controller and we used the Futaba R2004GF Receiver which matches our Futaba T4yF-2.4G Transmitter which we use in other robot projects as well.
I decided to jack up the juice by converting the Bogie to use a 7.2V NiMH Battery.
There are probably a multitude of ways to achieve controlling six motors out of one motor controller and in this case I decided to use a very small bread board from Actobotics to make the connections. Once the motor lead wires were tested, I used blue electrical tape to combine the three postive and three negative leads from each set of right/left motors into a 2×3 plug which worked nicely.
Adding Zip Ties always neatens things up but I had to be careful to allow enough room for articulation since the legs on this Bogie move through a great range in some cases.
Voila! 6WD RC Ready and Rolling!

Project Plan:

Full RC & Autonomous Rover Build

Status JulAug Issue:

Full 6WD RC Ready Bogie!

Next Steps:


Reader Input:

I will do my utmost to make progress on this project by next issue and report on what’s going on with it… the successes and failures. I sometimes learn more from a failure than from a success so let’s see how much of each we find. If something strikes you about this project… please email me at projects@botmag.com with what you think. I look forward to hearing from you!


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