9 Mar 2005
(updated 15 Mar 2005 at 14:03 UTC) »
I recieved the BASIC Stamp 2 OEM kit today and I am very
excited! It only took a week to get here from Parallex
with standard ground shipping. So I paid $36 and some
change total. As I said before this is a kit that needs to
be soldered, but I like to solder so no big deal. This
will be the brain for my biped. I have been wondering
about what type of soldering iron I should used (AC or
Butane) to assemble the board. I figure that AC will be
okay because I do not actually solder any of the chips,
only the sockets. Besides, I have not done any fine
soldering with my Butane torch/soldering iron.
I generally use the torch for soldering the frame on
robot. Their is quite a learning curve involved in the way
I have chosen to assemble this thing, but I am slowly
I have been using metal clothes hangers for the frame,
thread-all for the shafts, and various nuts and bolts. I
cut the hangers into their three straight pieces and sand
off the enamel. If I need to bend it I heat the metal up
with my torch. It works really well but it is very time
consuming. I chose this method because it is cheap, and
that is really the only reason.
I have decided to use an empty tin coffee can for
the 'body'. I have not decided if I am going to integrate
arms into the design yet, probably not on this bot. I have
also been working on the balance issue when the bot steps
forward. I have come up with a sub structure in the 'calf'
portion that will tilt on an axis further up the leg
rather than having it tilt at the ankle. I'll keep it up
and write later.