PiWars 2017

Well – we’ve been beavering away in the background on the next Metabot, and we’ve had 2 prototypes so far to the ‘remote control car’ stage.

The changes to skittles and the unknown quantity of the “slightly deranged golf” are causing mechanical design headaches and we’ve got big plans for the software that might or might not come to fruition in time for the event. With less than 2 months to go, its certainly squeaky bum time!

This time I’ve tried experimenting with making my own PCBs:IMG_20170121_180217

Before eventually deciding that I couldn’t get enough accuracy for a 0.5mm pitch SSOP device and getting Ragworm to make the boards for me.  I’ll post pictures of those when they arrive.  I’m sure I’ll have good enough accuracy for traditional through-hole PCBs at 0.1″ pitch though.

And here’s out latest prototype.  TBD if this will be the chassis that we actually compete with, but its a good starting point for playing with the software:

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