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

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Chapter 17Building Bots from Found Parts

“Found parts” are things you find around the house—or garage or hardware store or anywhere else—that are just begging to be used in your next robot. Or used as your next robot! Found parts can help reduce the costs of building a robot. And if the found part can be used as is, without any special cutting, it makes building the robot easier because you don’t need as many tools for construction.

Toys are among the most popular form of found parts, and these are covered in their own chapter; see Chapter 16, “Constructing High-Tech Robots from Toys” for more details. In this chapter you’ll learn how to adapt common household articles and retrofit them for use in everyday robots.

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