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Building Robot Drive Trains

The "Robot-DNA" series of books are created for the home hobbyist to learn more about basic robotics and the sciences (mechanical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering and programming) that are needed to develop them. Each book will discuss a critical but finite discipline within the robot building craft. The books will be step-progressive throughout the series (that is, their order is related to the steps normally taken in building a robot). However, readers are not required to purchase the previous books in the series to take advantage of any other book. That said, it is likely readers will each purchase several books in the series. Under consideration should be a collection of all books packaged together, and sold as a separate SKU. A unique aspect of the series is that the projects and methods described in each book are related -- electrically and/or mechanically -- with the projects and methods in other books. For example, the discussion of motor bridge circuits (Book 2) will describe specific connection plans to the microcontrollers discussed in Book 3. This approach does not preclude offering generic assistance should the reader use a different microcontroller, but will greatly help those who prefer to follow specific steps and plans.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Basics of Robot Locomotion Chapter 2: Motor Types: An Overview Chapter 3: Using DC Motors Chapter 4: Using RC Servo Motors Chapter 5: Using Stepper Motors Chapter 6: Mounting Motors Chapter 7: Motor Control 101, The Basics Chapter 8: Motor Control 201--Closing the Loop with Feedback Chapter 9: Electronics and Microcontroller Interfacing Chapter 10: Wheels and Tank Tracks Chapter 11: Locomotion for Multipods Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: Tables, Formulae, and Constants Appendix C: Resources Index

About the Author

Dennis Clark has degrees in electrical engineering technology and computer science and is a graduate student in behavioral robotics at Colorado State University. Mr. Clark has authored a series of articles on behavioral robotics for the European hobbyist magazine Elektor. Michael Owings is a freelance software developer. He lives and works in southern Louisiana.


Addressing all aspects of robot locomotion including wheel selection, motors, power transmission, braking, and control systems, detailed sections of this title cover both theoretical and practical elements. A good source for general-purpose robotics designing, the text outlines the advantages and disadvantages of various options. It is also one of the few resources that discuss the problem of designing a robot for outdoor environments and different terrains. Library Journal 20021101

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