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Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

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Chapter 14Rapid Prototyping Methods

Not every robot needs heavy-duty construction. Sometimes, all you’re after is a general idea that your design is workable. Rather than use traditional construction with wood, plastic, or metal, you build a “rough-cut” prototype of the robot and use it for testing purposes.

This concept is known as rapid prototyping, and it borrows from a wealth of other technologies to provide you with a fast-track method of building your bots. Construction takes less time, and it’s less expensive. While rapid prototyping is most useful for testing the merit of a design, it can also be used to build finished robots that don’t require sturdy long-life construction.

In this chapter you’ll learn about mechanical hardware prototyping ...

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