Now Presenting: How to Build Your EVERYTHING Really Really Fast!

Sunday, December 30th, 2012 @ 3:49 | MIT & Boston, Stuff

It’s done!

I’ve been practically a recluse for the past week and a half while I turned over every stone in my brain and mined the depths of my archived data drives for build report pictures. Compiling all the information that I and my peer cloud have thrown into our collective cauldron of engineering-under-duress tactics and weapons of engineering design warfare, I hereby present

How to Build Your Everything Really Really Fast

HTBYERRF will officially supercede my old How to Build Your Robot Really Really Fast. I hope to keep adding to it and also take user contributions for example images. Unfortunately, I have some gripes with the way Instructables now lays out images – there’s no clear order for them any more, and they’ve also gotten rid of the ‘bottom row’ of images, which means some of my old references to “above” and “below” in Chibikart and Scooter Power Systems now make no sense. So perhaps more example images will not really help the situation…

Either way, merry new year. Go build some robots!

Additionally, this is the first thing I’ve …built? manifested? which I actually would like to see sprayed all over the Internets. Ultimately, I see more discussion and knowledge-sharing as beneficial, and I think this new document can help spur it. Feel free to sprinkle the link or page where you feel appropriate.



  • Thank You for Calling Big Chuck’s Lawn and Landscaping: Introducing Crabmower
  • More About the #RobotTrapShop and Building Up a New Workspace
  • A New Beginning: The 17th Chapter; Back to the A-Town
  • Robot Ruckus at Orlando Maker Faire: How to Somewhat Scale-Model Test Your BattleBots
  • Überclocker 5: Finishing Up The Everything Else
  • Überclocker 5.0: In Which I Actually Have to Build the Bot, Not Just Talk About It
  • Überclocker 5.0: The Big Post of Designy-Stuff
  • The Overhaul of the Future Begins Now: Überclocker 5.0 (Also, Welcome Back to Robots)
  • Operation RESTORING BROWN Part 7: The Epilogue; or, Dragon Con 2019
  • Operation RESTORING BROWN Episode VI: Return of the Van Lights; the Conclusion

    7 Responses to “Now Presenting: How to Build Your EVERYTHING Really Really Fast!”

    1. the chuxxor Says:

      This is a test comment. I tried upgrading to WordPress 3.5, but it seems to have grenaded alot of plugins…

    2. Mark Says:

      This is pretty awesome, just in time for FRC season as well. Love your site, thank you for the endless amount of informational and inspiration. I should updating mine sometime…..

    3. Allen Gregory Says:

      This is fantastic, any chance you can put it all into a PDF? I’m an FRC mentor and I would love to be able to easily print it and have it in our lab.

    4. the chuxxor Says:

      I tried the export-to-pdf option, but it was extremely messy with the way they try to do images. It’s almost worth copying and pasting into a Powerpoint presentation or something.

      I’m expecting to make edits and changes to it, so maybe downloading isn’t really a good idea anyway. If there are enough requests in the next few days I might consider it more highly. It seems to be a more useful resource on the internet where you can check out the links, to me.

    5. Chuck Says:

      Thanks for pulling all this together! This is awesome! I started building about 7 years ago and started with common materials found around a farm: steel tube, pipe and plate all cutting torched, chop saw and welded together. One project was a CNC foam cutter which ended up being comically heavy.

      One thing I run into when pulling projects together is the learning curve when assembling the final prototype and finding out what works and does not work when using certain technologies/methods for the first time.

      Between you and Shane Colton I think you could pull together a great book on rapid mechatronic design since you don’t ONLY focus on theory but also on how to actually get a prototype up and running quickly to test ideas, and maybe even take the idea farther later to something more commercial.

      The key for me is that when you guys explain something you have a way of doing it so that if you have even a bit of knowledge/experience you can start understanding and using it, but you also manage to explain much more technical and advanced details in a much better way then what I have experienced trudging through many a textbook.

      If you did manage to pull together a design/programming/fabrication/assembly book I would definately purchase and I think it would be a must-have for anyone that is interested in building/making. The only thing I would ask for is more info on some basics like bearing mounting etc. and stuff like how to handle side/thrust loads on shafts etc. I have not found any good resources on this for basic building.

      I know you probably are not planning a book, and it probably will not be done since between your blog and articles you cover alot of it, but you are on to something for enabling people to learn how they can actually build stuff for themselves, and I thank you for your time and effort in doing this!

    6. Doug Gallardo Jr Says:

      If you did publish a book, I would buy it immediately. I have been throwing money at my monitor for months, hoping something like that would happen. Catch some of it!

    7. the chuxxor Says:

      Thanks for the kind words and feedback! I’m not sure if I’m out to write any books any time soon, though. Maybe when everything’s quality enough to warrant a static representation. To me, alot of the advantage of online documentation is how easy it is to make a historical record fully viewable. The latest shiny thing is on the front page, but all the exploded and bent prototypes are behind it.