Build Your Own Robot at Home – Robo-Manual for Starters – Full Tutorial with Video

In this post we will show you in detail how can you build your own robot at cheap cost at your home alone or with a group of friends. Full explanation is given with pictures and circuit diagram wherever felt needed. The robot can be controlled by remote and moved with it. We also have a video at the end of tutorial showing its working.

debdeep deyThis is a guest post by Debdeep Dey. He is a Electrical Engineering student studying in Supreme Knowledge Foundation Group of Institutions and is a technology freak. The robot was jointly made by him, Anik Gowswami and Sudip Banerjee. If you would like to write a guest post in this blog sharing something you made or any other topic, have a look at this page.

Okay as the heading suggests….this is a typical robot manual for the beginners. This is also my 1st robot. But the main problem I faced about building my first robot was a perfect robo-manual in the internet. After weeks of rigorous searching, I finally landed into an ebook by David R. Shircliff titled “Build a remote controlled robot”. There were a lot of chapters to read, and finally I had to isolate the few materials that I needed.So for you, I am making this short and crisp…Lets Get Started..

Objective for building this kind of robot

Mainly the idea is to build a robot which can travel in almost all types of road…be it a muddy or sandy or a slope…or a road filled with pebbles. This robot can also compete in various robotics competition held in different colleges, and can also be modified to make it a war robot, which is also an event in the robotics competition.

Budget

Truly speaking this robot will cost you around 1500 bucks…so it will be better if you can form a group of 2 or 3 …so that the total cost will be shared by the members.

Parts Needed

  • The Body: Here I have used a metal body, which is taken from an old dvd player. You can also use a piece of wood or plywood like this. Make sure that the total dimension of the robot remains 250mmX250mmX250mm. this is the default dimension in most robotic events.

remote controlled robot body
remote controlled robot body
  • Motors: You will need 4 dc geared motors for 4 wheels. Specifications: 12V, 500rpm.

remote controlled robot motors
remote controlled robot motors
  • Clamps For Motors: 4pc.
remote controlled robot clamps for motors
remote controlled robot clamps for motors
  • Tyres: 4pc
remote controlled robot tyres
remote controlled robot tyres
  • DPDT Switch: 2pc
remote controlled robot dpdt switch
remote controlled robot dpdt switch
  • Wires
  • 12V, 1A adapter/SMPS
remote controlled robot smps adapter
remote controlled robot smps adapter

You can get all these items in 1 place itself.

Address :
Haque Electronics6/3 Madan Street(Ground floor), Kolkata 700072. Near Chandni Chowk Metro Station.Phn no : 9830164648. Sunday closed.

 Connection Diagram

remote controlled robot connection diagram
remote controlled robot connection diagram

Make sure you connect the wheels in the proper places as marked in the diagram. Here R stands for red wire and B stands for black wire.

How To Assemble The Parts Of Robot

Attach the clamps to the bottom of the plywood, where you will connect the motors and the wheels.

remote controlled robot after connecting wheels
remote controlled robot after connecting wheels

The bottom will look like this after you have completedthe connection of motors and wheels to the clamps.

remote controlled robot after connecting wheels2
remote controlled robot after connecting wheels

Then connect the wires to thedpdt switches and thesmps as shown in connection diagram. Finally my robot looks like this with the remote control box and thesmps.

remote controlled robot with control and SMPS
remote controlled robot with control and SMPS

Control

     Position of DPDT Switch                                                                 Function Both thedpdt switch pressedforward.                                          Robot movesforward. Both thedpdt switch pressed backward.                                      Robot moves backward. Only leftdpdtforward                                                                       Robot turns right. Only rightdpdt forward                                                                     Robot turns left. Onedpdt forward, another backward.                                            Robot turns 360 degree.

Here the dpdt switches are mainly used for changing the polarity in the motor, so that we can move the motor forward or backward with ease. There is also a video, if you wish to check it out. It shows the robot in action, and the controls are also shown over there. One last thing ….you will need a small plastic box, so that you can use it as an remote control box where you will keep the dpdt switches.

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Saurav Modak

I am a aspiring hacker and love to learn new languages. Programming lover, writer and web developer, I blog when I get spare time from these.

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17 Responses

  1. Shahbaz Khan says:

    Nice But cant find those parts here!

    • Saurav Modak says:

      Glad that you liked it 🙂
      Regarding the parts you can get them from some electronics shops or hardware shops. Or you may even order them online

  2. Anonymous says:

    good job!!

  3. Mrinmoy Das. says:

    Hey! I want to have a robot that can walk like man and he moves from here to there. It can move its head.. I have to make this for my School’s science exhibition. It may works with it’s own digital brain or may have controlled by remote. Can you help me about how it be done!!!!! but your’s job is good..Thaks…

    • Saurav Modak says:

      Well the writer says he is busy making some advanced robot that can follow a line. Once done he will push an update in this blog. So make sure you follow us for such updates 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    can i use the motor 12 volt which is used in tape recorder or deck ?

    • Debdeep Dey says:

      No…you need to use geared motors, which the tape recorders or deck dont use…It’ll be better if you buy these geared motors..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nic one i want to make a smart robot similar to humanoid robot how can i do so

  6. Asif Islam says:

    not bad,but accessories are n/a

  7. Anonymous says:

    I find quite problem in understanding the connection diagram plzz help me out in understanding it..

  8. Debanjan Roy says:

    What the cost u hav beared for this robo????can u pls tell….and if i want to make this wireless how it would be done??

  9. sapna says:

    very nice

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