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    Has anybody built a robot, and if so what do you recommend for an experienced machinist and where did you get the parts. i am particularly interested in building one that somewhat resembles a human. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Built about 16 so far, none of them humanoid shaped. Will find you some more links later.

    Here's a link to our FIRST team web page.

    Check out the pictures. If you go to I bet you can find a team in your area, mentor them for a year and you'll learn a lot and hve a lot of fun.
    Last edited by Hawkeye; 10-07-2011, 07:15 PM.
    When I get Time... I'll...


    • #3
      About the same here. I've built several robots used for combat robotics, but again nothing humanoid shaped.

      You might check out this discussion forum:

      Robot Fighting League Forum
      No matter where you go, there you are!

      Hal C.


      • #4
        Haven't built any, but have written science fiction about one (unpublished). The problem with believable fiction is that you have to stick with the possibilities.

        I just this evening viewed the movie Real Steel. Despite the required suspension of disbelief I REALLY enjoyed the movie. Recommended. I even saw a few machine shop tools.

        I would like to build an automaton rather than a robot - some vague plans in the works - someday....
        Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
        ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~


        • #5
          Never built one, but I was married to one for a few years-----------
          Brian Rupnow


          • #6
            I'm building one now, but I don't think it is what you are envisioning. It is basically an 8" circle with wheels on two sides and UHMW slides on the front and back. It's ultimate purpose is as a test platform for real-world navigation, but for now it is just going to wander around and hopefully not run into stuff too much.


            (Edit UHMW != UMHW)
            Last edited by Pete F; 10-08-2011, 02:07 AM.
            I just like to make stuff.


            • #7
              My son built one with lego blocks.


              • #8
                To be a true robot it must be able to operate autonomously according to it's programming, if it is controlled by a joystick (so called fighting robots) it's just a glorified radio controlled car. Well maybe a radio controlled car with a lot of attitude but not a robot.
                The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

                Bluewater Model Engineering Society at

                Southwestern Ontario. Canada