Find all your DIY electronics in the MakerShed. 3D Printing, Kits, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Books & more!



Spotted on the MAKE Flickr pool is this wonderful rendering of a CoasterBot, using the plastic CD spindle spacers. Other parts used include: Pololu Baby Orangutan-168 robot controller, Solarbotics GM6 gearmotors, salvaged push buttons, LiPo battery from a broken RC helicopter, Pololu ball caster, some scrap perf board, screws, nuts, and aluminum pipe cut for spacers.

More pics in SimpleBots’ Photostream

See all the details about the Make: Robot Build

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. darrellj says:

    Thanks for the post! I still have a bunch to do on it, and work is getting crazy so I hope I have time to get it finished! My goals were to only use bits that I already had in my parts boxes, make a clean finished looking robot, and learn how to write a decent behavior based framework for future software expansion.

  2. darrellj says:

    I’ve added tons more pics to my flickr set and have more info on my site: