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[DPRG] DD1-1 Tank Chassis

Subject: [DPRG] DD1-1 Tank Chassis
From: Paradug paradug at gmail.com
Date: Thu Oct 16 17:12:20 CDT 2014

    I wasn’t trying to suggest the DD1-1 specifically as a rover robot. I was more interested in some of the design ideas built into it. I agree it would perform as an indoor robot better than an outdoor robot. However, it might interest someone who wants to explore tank type robots. I had never seen them before. Those yellow Chinese dual shaft motors are so cheap that they are being used in a lot of kits (indoor). 

  It would be interesting if Steve could come up with some type of large scale tank track chain like pieces (like http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:471357) make of that new material he is 3d printing.

  The Razor and Odyssey chassis that you linked to are very nice. They also have some interesting ideas that might be appropriated into a future home built chassis.

I still playing with my own chassis design, not for November but sometime in the future.

Thanks for the input!
Doug P.

From: David Anderson 
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:42 PM
To: Paradug ; dprglist 
Subject: Re: [DPRG] DD1-1 Tank Chassis


Maybe OK for a table-top robot, but drive train looks pretty thin for anything else.  Did you find any videos of it actually in operation?  No suspension at all, and I bet the treads will come off in a turn on any sort of outdoor surface.  Might be worth 50 bucks to play with, though.

I know you are constitutionally disinclined to spend money on a robot base (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) but considering the amount of subsequent time and effort required to turn any base into a functioning robot, the initial investment tends to fade away pretty quickly.

If you are looking for a pre-built outdoor base, you might look at something like this:


Just a thought,

On 10/15/2014 03:22 PM, Paradug wrote:

      I was just surfing around on the web and saw an Instructable that was using a tank chassis that I hadn’t seen before. The chassis is called a DD1-1. It incorporates several interesting ideas and has a price that doesn’t seem to be out of line. The ideas that caught my eye were the built in motor controllers, built  in low res encoders (both located in the side panels), and the use of all thread to set the robot width. 

  I have attached the web link for one vendor. 


  Doug P.


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