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Your Robot Workshop

Obviously, you don’t need anything fancy to build robots beyond the handful of tools already outlined, and a clean, well-lit, well-ventilated workspace in which to use them. This workspace can be anything from a kitchen table to a corner of the bench in your basement. The bigger the robot, the more space you’ll need, and the bigger and more specialized the tools. For most of the robot kits and building sets we’ll cover in the next chapter, and for the robots we’ll build later in this book, your “workshop” needs should be minimal. But if you find yourself spending a lot of time building bots, you’ll want to consider a more permanent setup and a few more tools that can make your robot building safer, more comfortable, and more productive (see Figure 5.8). Here’s a quick rundown of items to consider:

Figure 5.8. Here’s one take on an ideal robot workspace. Note the A, B, and C activity rings. See Tip on next page.



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