The TETRIX MAX MiniMAX Bot is a deliberate departure from the traditional mobile robot. It is purposely designed to expand the range and types of robots that students are usually exposed to and to showcase the versatility of the TETRIX MAX building system. The intent is to give the students reason and encouragement to explore different physical structures and corresponding mechanical considerations such as stability, load requirements, and nontraditional mobility. It also opens the door to the aesthetic aspect of mechanical design and encourages students to consider the importance of visual appeal in product design and adoption.
How It Works:
The TETRIX MAX MiniMAX Bot uses two 12 VDC motors mounted in opposition to provide a good example of a basic differential-drive robot. Two omni wheel assemblies are mounted in a nontraditional way to provide efficient pivoting abilities and to highlight the usefulness of this type of assembly. Servo motors mounted at shoulder and neck joints help create a humanoid aspect beyond just the physical structure. Students can explore the performance dynamic created by the differential drive and omni wheel combination with the wireless remote control and formulate a comparison to the same drive configuration on the RangerMAX Bot. Students are also introduced to the dynamic created via simple user- interface controls on the supplied wireless joystick gamepad system.
• Refertopages54-129forinstructionsonhowtobuildthecompleteTETRIXMAXMiniMAXBot. • See page 130-131 for suggested sample activities.
Note: Many factors can affect building time, including such things as set organization and whether the builder has a partner. The above time is only an estimate and is based on an individual builder of average experience who is comfortable with hands-on building activities and has access to complete, well-organized sets. Actual time might vary.