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Model Storage Robot Part 4: Robo Interface Programming

Based on the hardware built in part 2 and the interface specification explained in part 3, we can now program the Robo Interface that is responsible for the low-level hardware control. 

Model Storage Robot Part 3: Robo/Photon Interface

The hardware I described and tested in the previous video is controlled by a Robo Interface. This interface does not have any pre-fabricated connections to the outside world that might be used to control it, so I will be using a Photon to access it via the internet.

Model Storage Robot Part 2: Hardware

The hardware I built for my private high-rise storage system has collected dust matured for some time now - time for the next video of the series.

Model Storage Robot Part 1: Big Picture, Big Plans

For some time now, I've accumulated several libraries and technologies on my list of things to try out. Someday. Whenever I can find the time. Which is probably - well, someday never comes. So I decided to make up my own "fun" project and stuff many of the things I wanted to try out into it.

First Marble Coaster 2016

This is a combination of some of the transport mechanisms of the standard models. 

Dynamic XL 5 - Spring Launcher

Assembling this model is fairly easy, but getting it to work took some time. Tuning the spring mounting as suggested by the instructions didn't work for me - I had to actually lower the left-hand part of the tracks by 15 mm for the marbles to be able to reach the top of the ramp. 

Dynamic XL 4 - Stage Conveyor

I made two mistakes while building this model: I misplaced a few parts (that was fixed rather easily) and I misjuged the overall height of the model when setting up the camera. Hence, in the timelapse, unfortunately you can't see the top of the model being built.

Dynamic XL 3 - Stair Step Conveyor

This model was relatively easy to assemble, but there's a catch - literally: Unless all of the parts of the stair slide smoothly past each other, the push rods will start to bend, which is obviously not good.

Dynamic XL 2 - Wheel Conveyor

When building the second "standard" model contained in the Dynamic XL kit, I made a slight mistake with the wheel at first which resulted in steel marbles flying all over the place. Obviously I didn't film that...

Dynamic XL 1 - Chain Conveyor

Among the presents this year was a huge box of plastic stuff (fischertechnik Dynamic XL). Since I haven't built something with fischertechnik for some time now, I'm going for the "standard" models from the instruction booklet first. Here's the first model - a relatively simple chain conveyor:


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