Building the Robots’ Electronics

I’m building some robust robot torsos that I can use as a basis for lots of YouTube performances and events. The robots will be reliable, agile, robust, and transportable. I plan to make puppeteering rigs, and software/interfaces which I can plug other projects into – like vision recognition and machine learning.

In this video I’m installing the electronics in the Performance Robots – this consists of a Teensy 3.6 32-bit 180Mhz micro, some BTS7960 DC brushled motor drivers, and three ODrives.

The results are rudimentary so far, and most of the motors are running half the speed they should be as they are powered from 24v instead of 48v.


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Huge thanks to my patrons, without whom my standard of living would drastically decline. Like, inside out-Farm Foods bag decline. Plus a very special shoutout to Aleph Objects, Inc who keep me in LulzBot 3D printers and support me via Patreon.

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Former toy designer, current YouTube maker and general robotics, electrical and mechanical engineer, I’m a fan of doing it yourself and innovation by trial and error. My channel is where I share some of my useful and not-so-useful inventions, designs and maker advice. Iron Man is my go-to cosplay, and 3D printing can solve most issues – broken bolts, missing parts, world hunger, you name it.

XRobots is the community around my content where you can get in touch, share tips and advice, and more build FAQs, schematics and designs are also available.


The majority of the music and SFX used in my videos is from Epidemic Sound http://share.epidemicsound.com/xrobots

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