This volume offers a fresh visual approach to robot building with illustrations of techniques and simple diagrams for each and every step in the combat robot building process. With master combat robot builder Grant Imahara's easy-to-understand instructions, readers learn to design and build their very own fighting robot using common tools and parts available at the local hardware or electronics store.
Table of Contents
Dedication.About the Author.Foreword.Acknowledgments.Introduction.Chapter 1: Getting Started.Chapter 2: Designing the Robot.Chapter 3: Tools of the Trade.Chapter 4: Selecting Materials.Chapter 5: Cutting Metal.Chapter 6: Shaping and Finishing Metal.Chapter 7: Drilling and Tapping Holes.Chapter 8: Fasteners-Holding It All Together.Chapter 9: Selecting Drive Motors.Chapter 10: Mechanical Building Blocks.Chapter 11:Working with Roller Chain and Sprockets.Chapter 12: Let's Get Rolling.Chapter 13: Choosing Your Control System.Chapter 14: Choosing Speed Controls.Chapter 15: Choosing Batteries.Chapter 16:Wiring the Electrical System.Chapter 17: The First Test Drive.Chapter 18: Choose Your Weapon.Chapter 19: Troubleshooting.Chapter 20: Going to a Competition.Appendix A: Advanced R/C Programming.Appendix B: IFI System Programming and Troubleshooting.Appendix C: Pneumatics.Appendix D: Online Resources.Appendix E: Catalogs.Appendix F: Tables and Charts.Index.
Grant Imahara is an animatronics engineer and modelmaker for George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic in Marin County, California. He specializes in electronics and radio control at the ILM Model Shop, and has credits on numerous movies, including Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and most recently, Matrix: Reloaded and Revolutions. He has installed electronics in R2-D2 units for Star Wars Episodes I and II, replacing the halogen light source and rotating color wheel (for the sparkly lights) with a custom microcontroller-based LED circuit that was originally created to make the pulsating lights for the main engines of the Protector, from Galaxy Quest. He also upgraded all of the radio equipment and speed controls to modern standards. Along with R2-D2 Crew Chief Don Bies and Nelson Hall, he is one of only three official R2-D2 operators in the United States. Grant developed a custom circuit to cycle the Energizer Bunny's arm beats and ears at a constant rate. He performed all electronics installation and radio programming on the current generation of Bunnies. He later became the Bunny's driver and the crew supervisor on numerous commercials. Grant has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He picked up his mechanical skills from the machinists at the ILM Model Shop, many of whom date back to Howard the Duck (1986). For fun, Grant competes in BattleBots with his robot Deadblow, which set a record for most number of hits in the first season of the show. Grant lives in a loft in Oakland, California, where he works on his robot and pursues other projects in his spare time.