July 09, 2014

Build an Arduino 4WD with inexpensive PVC pipes

Making your own robots and remote-controlled cars is a lot of fun, however in some areas the cost of a decent chassis can put the project out of reach. To solve this problem, Instructables member tominjose has used inexpensive PVC piping as the chassis for his 4WD with great success.

Each motor fits comfortable within the pipe diameter, and the design of the structure also allows much of the wiring to be hidden from the elements. The four motors are controlled with external driver ICs, and the addition of a Bluetooth slave receiver module allows remote control of the robot from an Android device using a free app. A neat demonstration is provided in the following video:

A great project with a lot of potential - and you can find the instructions and sketch in the Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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