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Thread: Good Websites for Newcomers

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    Thought i'd start a list of websites we all use and pretty much know off by heart for newcomers to the sport to use as a reference for where to find various components. I'll probably forget some, so add if you see fit. Apologies in advance if I miss anything out in the description of your website, i'm just putting the main things in and people can have a look for themselves

    Roboteer Forums


    UK Antweight Forum:

    Australian RoboWars Forum:

    Event Organisers


    Robots Live:

    Roaming Robots:


    Gimson Robotics (motors, wheels, actuators)

    Robochallenge (wheels, motors)

    Component Shop (batteries)

    Giant Cod (radio gear, servos, batteries, motors, most things we use actually...)

    Technobots (connectors, fixings, LEDs, cabling, speed controllers)

    Robot Power (Scorpion XL, XXL and Sidewinder speed controllers)

    Argos (cheap drill motors)

    Vapextech ebay store (batteries) ... 4340.l2559

    Dimension Engineering (Sabertooth speed controllers)

    Banebots (wheels, motors)

    Electronize (Electronize speed controllers)

    RS Components (Electronic Components)

    HPC Gears (gears, belts, chain, sprockets, pulleys, custom fabrications)

    Botbitz (speed controllers)


    Direct Plastics (Engineering Plastics)

    JL Steel (Hardox)

    Material Cutting

    Clydeview Engineering



    LED Resistor Calculator;

    Timing Pulley Calculator:

    Spinning Weapon KE Calculator:

    Drive and Battery Calculator:

    Magnetic Force Calculator:

    Motor Power Output Calculator:

    Robot Speed Calculator: ... lator.html

    Torque Conversion Tables: ... ervalue=90

    Shape to Weight Calculator:


    Drill Hacking Guide:

    Electric Exe Guide:

    Torque conversion app:

    Pneumatics Help and Guides

    Pneumatic Systems Information:

    Pneumatic System Build Tips:

    Pneumatics Guide: ... obots.html

    Pneumatic Guide:

    Comparison Tables

    Plastic Comparison Table: ... astics.htm

    Metal Comparison Table:

    Steel Comparison Table:

    Graupner Motor Comparison Table: ... aupner.htm
    Last edited by Anttazz; 14th August 2014 at 17:13.

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  3. #3
    How come yours got made sticky and mine was relegated to the back alleys of the forum! Well, if you can't beat them join them!

    LED Resistor Calculator;

    Timing Pulley Calculator:

    Drill Hacking Guide: ... cking.html

    Pneumatic Systems Information:

    Pneumatic System Build Tips:

    Spinning Weapon KE Calculator:

    Couple more pneumatic links: ... obots.html

    Drive and battery calculator:

    Torque conversion app:

  4. #4
    Because half of yours aint working PJ

  5. #5
    Quiet you!

    Shape to Weight Calculator:

    (Just saw this posted.)

  6. #6 - good for pretty much everything - gears, belts, chain, sprockets, pulleys, custom fabrications - water jet company in Birmingham, roboteer friendly, do all my stuff and the chassis on satans mutt for the gadget show

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    Can anyone recommend another good source for Pulleys with custom machining?

    HPC keep sending me other people's quotes (for what ever reason....)

    And TechnoBots got all arsey when I asked them for a quote....

    I wouldn't mind just buying the pulleys, but I lack the tools to properly fit a grub screw on the boss and a central bore, I'd rather pay a few more quid.

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    PJ- you tried ringing HPC? there technical department are usualy really helpful... i believe they charge around £2.50 to bore a pulley out, i imagine it'd be about the same for a grubscrew.. but most of there stuff comes with a grubscrew fitting on the boss anyhow.

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    That's interesting, I may try giving them a ring then.

    Although from looking at their prices some things are much more expensive than Technobots.


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