Building and Controlling a Tank Robot

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John Boxall brings us an exciting intermediate-level arduino robotics project with this excerpt from the Arduino Workshop.   Build and control your own tank robot today!

Parts List

1: Arduino Uno Rev3
Arduino Uno is the ideal board for getting started with electronics, through fun and engaging hands-on projects. This board is your entry to the unique Arduino experience: great for learning the basics of how sensors and actuators work, and an essential tool for your rapid prototyping needs. Arduino Uno Rev3 is the most used and documented board in the Arduino family. Thanks to the lively and helpful community surrounding the Arduino Uno, no one will find themselves without support....

Other Parts

2: Pololu RP5 Tank Chassis package
-durable plastic body -6-AA battery holder included -two brushed DC motors with 210 mA free run and 2.4 A stall current at 7.2 V -maximum speed of 6 in/s (15 cm/s) at 7.2 V -ability to scale inclines limited only by friction -dimensions: 7" x 5.5" x 2.5" (18 x 14 x 6 cm) -weight: 15 oz (425 g)
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3: Pololu RP5 Chassis plate
This 1/8" acrylic expansion plate lets you mount a variety of components to your Rover 5 tracked chassis. The 3 mm wide slots covering the plate support many configurations of sensors and other robot components. The slot size and spacing is compatible with the many Tamiya mechanical sets that have 3 mm holes spaced 5 mm apart. Included with the plate are four tapping screws for mounting the plate to the Rover 5 tracked chassis....
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4: Alkaline AA Cells
Basic Alkaline AA Battery Cells

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5: 9V Battery to DC Socket Cable
Plug the 9 volt battery clip onto a standard 9V battery and connect the other end to anything with a 5.5x2.1mm, center-positive barrel jack.
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6: DFRobot 2A Arduino Motor Shield
-Logic Control Voltage:5V (From Arduino) -Motor Driven Voltage:6.5~12v(VIN Power Supply),4.8~35V (External Power Source) -2 way motor drive -Logic supply current Iss:≤36mA -Motor Driven current Io:≤2A -Maximum power consumption:25W(T=75℃) -Up to 2A current each way -Pin 4,5,6,7 are used to drive two DC motor -Support PWM speed control -Support PLL advance speed control -Size: 55x55mm...
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Building and Controlling a Tank Robot
In an intermediate level project from Arduino Workshop, John Boxall explains how to build and control your own miniature tank robot.