Robotic is always a very fascinating stuffs, as it can be used to perform different kind of tasks after you’ve well-programmed it. If you’re one of the loyal fans of robotic, then you must check this Nickel-O-Matic robot.
The main goal of this Nickel-O-Matic robot is to print a cool message on a wooden token. It’s as easy as ABC to develop this Nickel-O-Matic robot. It uses inkjet technology to print a custom message on both sides of 1-1/2″ diameter blank wooden nickels. A BASIC Stamp 2 is being used to control the mechanical movement while a Propeller Chip is for controlling the inkjet system. Both of the controllers run a total of four hobby servos, three stepper motors, one DC motor, one DC vacuum pump, one inkjet head and five IR sensors.
In this project, the inkjet system is the most complex part of the modules. A spindle rotates the wooden nickel under the inkjet head right at the center of the inkjet module. Beside that, a Propeller Chip is requiring to control all the elements of the inkjet module. You have to make sure that these two components always situated on a good condition, as they are responsible for direct control over the inkjet head!
After you’ve done with all the modules, you can easily mount all the components into a 20″ square wooden base and enclose with a clear plastic cover. Now, you got your very own Nickel-O-Matic robot!