Hey /diy/ relative newcomer here. I'm interested in robots/drones and robot/drone accessories. Specifically I wanted to purchase a 3D printer and make the robots myself. What are the best places for the cameras and guts and such? There are a lot of places that sell these things but I was wondering what you guys recommend. I was going to make a cat toy as my first project. It would be a little RC bird/mouse hybrid thing capable of flying and driving around the house and obviously be durable enough to resist the kittys claws and teeth. Probably won't happen for a while but will post results if I ever get my life on track and can afford this hobby.
Before you start fucking around with money for 3D printers, I would recommend getting an arduino kit and starting off with small simple projects. Also, I would reconsider trying to make a robot toy for a cat, seems like a waste of money in broken parts and materials.
Arduino looks like cool shit, would definitely learn a lot.
As for the cat toy, I would just use it as a learning experience. And I would find out if I really wanted to continue down the path of making robots. Plus I want a 3D printer period. Shit is just plain cool and I'm sure there are things I'd want to do with it I haven't even thought of yet.
3d printers are awesome. I have a printrbot simple and a velleman k8200. You'll love it but it's not plug and play shit. There's a steep learning curve.
Anyway, I suggest you start from a project such as Polargraph (Google it). Limited moving parts, and you can code your own driving software as an exercise.
So how you gonna make it fly without being fragile, or causing injury to cats.
If you just want to fuck around with rc, get a cheap RC receiver and transmitter, everything else is plug and play from there
Jumping sounds like an awesome idea, I didn't even think of that. But yeah I guess I should make something that rolls at least before making something that flies.
I was thinking some sort of cage or casing or both around the rotors. Any fast moving parts would be inaccessible to the cat, except the wheels which would be soft enough to claw and bite anyway. Now that I think about it it might be tough to make everything able to bear the cats full weight, but i thought it would be a good exercise in making something safe and durable.