Here is a progress update about working on 6.5 custom RoboBrrds started ~1 week ago! 4 of these RoboBrrds are for backers of the RoboBrrd Indiegogo campaign. The other two are RoboBrrd chassis we had lying around half built, and the other half was a not quite complete RoboBrrd.
They are waiting, just glued together
Some of them have been painted now
Here they are drying their nice coat of gloss. Look at all of the beaks!
This was bad. We were trying to get the top face on, but it must have been stuck by some excess glue, gloss, or paint. Nothing we were trying was working, and the slots were already carved out with a knife. Standing on it seemed like a good idea, and worked for the previous Brrds. Except for this one. We were really upset about this
Here are all of the Brrds so far
Rivets installed, wing servos added
Red RoboBrrd takes a break to enjoy looking at a multimeter
Time to solder up all of these RGB LEDs and their resistors. This part is so mind-numbing and boring.
Soldered up, labeled, and with heat shrink
It took us ages to make all of these… phew!
Soldering up the LDR, resistor, and wires
Installing front face onto Blue RoboBrrd
Wiring up Black RoboBrrd
More LEDs to wire! AAAH!
The CTV RoboBrrd was sitting around doing nothing… painted it PINK!
Time for the TMP36 and Piezo speakers!
Remade Orange RoboBrrd
Black RoboBrrd is set up, calibrated, and working!
That is it for the progress so far. Much of the time gets chewed up in the little things. Here is a list of fine details that no one will know about, except the custom RoboBrrd, myself, and now you the reader!
- Excess glue was carefully taken away
- Lighter colours were two coats of paint
- Gloss was added everywhere on the Brrd (except the Skotch-Yoke pieces)
- Gloss left to dry for 24h
- Slots & holes ‘careved’ out from excess gloss & paint with knife
- Actually got a blister on my finger from all the carving
- Test fitting and more carving is done
- Adding heat shrink and labels to all the wires
- Twist wires by hand for neatness, and add additional electrical tape
It takes time to create a RoboBrrd. Hopefully you will appreciate the time & effort spent into the them. We really care about the Brrds, and it’s the same amount of effort that we put into our own as well. It’s pretty tough trying to stay focused on them, especially when there are quite a few to create! We’re aiming for the end of this weekend to finish them, but we’ll see how it goes.
Back to building the Brrds! ^_^ CHIRP!