Other Robotics Organizations
Robot Fighting League - The RFL is an organized effort
to hold all robotic combat clubs to the same safety standards.
Team Cosmos - A Member of MURC, the team members show great sportsmanship and are always willing to share knowledge.
Team DaVinci - This team has done its homework, and has well organized links to many places bots related.
Robotics Hardware Information
Getting Started Information
How to Solder - Video on
learning how to solder correctly.
AVR and Robotics - A good place to go to find a collection of robot electronics information.
Anodizing Aluminum - Guide to anodizing aluminum.
Anodizing Titanium - Guide to anodizing titanium.
4QD-TEC - Information on using Pulse Width Modulation Circuitry.
DC Motor-Driver - A good Introduction to Motor Speed Controller Design
MOSFET H-Bridge Schematic - Another Good Source for Motor Speed Controller Designing (H-Bridge)
Battery Comparison - Information concerning all sorts of batteries and how they stand against each other.
ServoCity - Motor and servo information and sources.
lrk-torquemax - Information on using motors from CD-ROM drives.
Understanding Gear Reduction - Information on calculated gearing for motors.
SPD/SI - Information on purchasing gears and transmissions.
Radios / Electronics
4-Channel FM Radio -
4-Channel FM Surface Radio System - This radio is a great start for beginner or those on a budget. Only about $60.00!
The GWS 4 channel is avalible cheaper at banebots.
UberBots - These robotic kits come with two sumo style robots with multi-degree of freedom and channel changing functionality making a great hack for someone looking for a cheap radio.
Lynxmotion - This article tells you how to mod a wireless PS2 controller for use as a robot radio. They even sell a lynxmotion PS2 controller for under $20.00!
Raw Materials / Parts
McMaster-Carr - This is our favorite website. They have a HUGE
selection of inventory and most parts arrive the next day after ordered. They are great for metals, springs,
screws, actuators, and nearly everything else you could need.
Small Parts - Small Parts allows orders in smaller quantities making them cheaper for some items than McMaster (like Titanium sheet).
Bot Parts - Aimed at providing parts specifically for bot building, they also have links to events and other organizations.
Metal Express - Metal, metal, and more metal. If you can't get it here, you don't need it.
Clippard - A good source for pneumatic parts.
Skarda - They handle metal extrusions and power transfer items. Best thing is that they are one of our sponsors!
MSC - If McMaster-Carr doesn't have it, these guys do.
Grainger - Great industrial supply place. Has many parts that McMaster may not.