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BQ PrintBot: A Great Choice for a First Robotics Project

This 3D printed bot could be programmed to follow lines, or seek out the sun. (Photo credit: PrintME 3D.)
This 3D printed bot could be programmed to follow lines, or seek out the sun. (Photo credit: PrintME 3D.)

The BQ PrintBot (£59.00) was designed as a hobby robot — something for parents to build with their kids, where both could have fun and learn. With this kit, and a little programming know-how, your family could easily make a line-following or light-seeking robot.

The 3D-printed robot can be custom made in a range of colors. It uses a Freaduino Uno to control two plastic wheels a couple of light and IR sensors, a buzzer, potentiometer, and an LED. A bluetooth module for wireless communication, and a button for triggering actions is also included.

Note that this is a tiny bot, weighing less than 4 pounds and measuring less than 2 inches across. So it would be ideal for table-top robotics.

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