All my friends know there's two things I really love in this world: Robot Arms and Team Fortress 2.
So when they heard that my favorite class, the Engineer, was getting a robot arm for his update, they called me immediately to tell me the news. It was pretty much the best day of my life.
I'll be posting periodic updates on this robot arm project; it's got to be a lot tighter than the last since I'm replicating something all ready in existence. The first thing I did was stop by Skycraft Parts and Surplus for my birthday to pick up some of the odds and ends I needed for the arm, then I drew this vague mock-up.
Anyways, after that, I headed out to a flea market to find a lawnmower handle. We couldn't find the lawnmower parts stand, but I did find this old clacky keyboard that would work perfectly for the numpad on his forearm!
I love clacky keyboards, and I had really wanted to keep it as the keyboard for my computer; I was only completely devastated to find out the old port was waaaay too big for the keyboard port my computer has. It's okay, though, because engie robot arm really deserves the clacky keypad more!
Taking the keyboard apart was a lot of fun...in general, I like getting a look at the guts of electronic stuff ever since I customized a rock band guitar a while back.
Anyway! So my always skeptical but very handy roommate, Nagle, and I began working on the forearm piece. We want it to be hollow so it's lighter weight, and we leave room for the electronics that will make the button and the tiny red LED light up.
Edit: Oh yeah, another thing...here's how much I've spent so far:
Rubber tubing(not shown): 2.50
Orange Wire: .90
Big Red Button: 5.00
Clacky Keyboard: 5.00
Primer Spraypaint: 3.10
RED Spraypaint: 4.24
Gunmetal Spraypaint: 5.99
Wood Glue: 2.97
Too lazy to total, but it's around $40 so far, and that's a lot to do with the fact that I'm just starting out and don't have a lot of this stuff lying around.