To make things easier for makers, Maker Spaces, and robotics groups, we now have a listing for some less expensive DIY kits and a new bulk package.
These kits include all of the parts that are needed to build the Hack-E-Bot. However, you will have to do a bit more soldering and such to get this kit up and running.
It takes a lot of work to make the basic Hack-E-Bot kit an easy to assemble robots for smaller kids. For those that are willing to put in a little extra work to save some cash, we will ship you all the parts that you need. Some basic tools like a soldering iron, hot glue gun, wire strippers, a small phillips head screwdriver, and small pliers or a wire crimper are needed to make all of the DIY kits.
Some kits come with everything you need, and some leave out parts like the chassis or the microcontroller, the robot’s brain, so that you can customize the Hack-E-Bot any way that you want. These kits are good for people who would like to learn about soldering and how to assemble wire harnesses. This is also a good way to get older students to help younger students build a robot from scratch.
The chassis can be made at any maker space by using a laser cutter or 3D printer. All of the files are available for free on Thingiverse.com. Because the Hack-E-Bot uses generic servos and a good power supply, you can use it with a raspberry Pi, Intel Edison, Spark core, electric Imp, Arduino, or any other microcontroller that can support pulse width modulation, PWM.
A full tutorial on how to assemble the DIY kits is already in the works and will be available when your parts arrive.