Chapter 15Drafting Bots with Computer-Aided Design

Your robot may operate under its own power, but you probably designed and made it by hand. You can streamline the construction process by using computer-aided design, or CAD. Using nothing more than your own computer, a free or low-cost CAD program, and a printer, you can try out different designs before you ever plug in that saw.

In this chapter you’ll learn about creating designs and construction layouts, first by hand (so you can see the process), and then by computer. And with a computer layout, you can even ship off your design files to a service, where they’ll make the parts for you. Sounds expensive? You’d be surprised. Anyway, let’s get started.

FYIThis chapter concentrates on mechanical ...

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