Aug 14

Builderdude35 is now on Instagram!

Hello everyone! Is one tutorial every Thursday not enough robotics content for you? I am pleased to announce that you can now follow me and my YouTube channel on Instagram! Here, you can see progress pictures of my current projects, stay on top of new video releases and see what I’m up to in between tutorials. You can follow the page here: https://www.instagram.com/builderdude35/

What are you waiting for?? Follow the official Builderdude35 Instagram for more awesome robot stuff!

 

Sep 14

FLL Robot Wheels – Evaluating the Compatibility of New Wheels with Sirius

Sirius is a very popular FLL robot design that many beginners choose to start off with. It has a lot of great features and qualities that make it unique and a great starting point for an FLL. However, one flaw in Sirius’ design is that its tall motorcycle wheels are just a tad too short, meaning the robot pitches slightly forward instead of sitting perfectly level. This can make mounting FLL attachments a bit tricky. Today, I discuss replacement of the smooth LEGO motorcycle tires (#88516 ) with the slightly taller knobby tires (#11957) in order to level Sirius’ stance. I also discuss the other effects of switching out the tires.

My Patreon supporters for more than $5 for the month of August were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you very much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

Special thanks to my friend Preston Nichols for designing Builderdude35’s awesome new introduction and logo!

 

Sep 07

The Best Wheels for Your FLL Robot – Two New Tests You Can Try

Wheel choice is a crucial part of an FLL robot design. This week, I’m re-opening the discussion and introducing two new tests you can try that will help you determine the relative traction of different types of wheels, and ultimately allow you to decide what kind of wheels you should use with your FLL robot. I demonstrate each of the tests in the video using my own sample FLL robot, Sirius. These wheel tests were created by FLL team #92, the Seaford Sea Lions.

My Patreon supporters for more than $5 for the month of August were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you very much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

Special thanks to my friend Preston Nichols for designing Builderdude35’s awesome new introduction and logo!

 

Aug 31

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) – the Unofficial Introductory Guide

With the FLL 2017 Hydrodynamics challenge just announced, I figured that it would be a great idea to make an introductory tutorial for the FIRST LEGO League competition, commonly known as FLL. This FLL tutorial is intended for those who are totally new to the competition. I will explain what the competition is, who can compete, and what the competion’s mission is. I will also teach you the general rules and everything you need to know in order to compete in the competition. I will explain the Robot Game, the Project presentation and Core Values, as well as explain what will be expected of you and your team on the day of the competition. Also remember that my YouTube channel, Builderdude35, is an excellent resource that you can use when you design your FLL robot for the Robot Game.

My Patreon supporters for more than $5 for the month of July were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you very much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

Special thanks to my friend Preston Nichols for designing Builderdude35’s awesome new introduction and logo!

 

Aug 24

Programming Line Follower Loop Exits with the HiTechnic Color Sensor

The HiTechnic Color Sensor V2 is a staple of WRO robot design. But, if you were to make a line follower that uses the HT Color sensor, how would you get your line follower to stop and move on to the next part of its program? Program a line follower loop exit! A loop exit tells your EV3 robot to stop line following and move on to the next part of the program when a certain condition is met. In last week’s EV3 programming tutorial, I taught you how to program a loop exit for the EV3 color sensor. This week, I teach you the extra steps involved to make the same program for the HT Color Sensor, as this is the sensor that is primarily used for WRO robots.

My Patreon supporters for more than $5 for the month of July were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you very much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

Special thanks to my friend Preston Nichols for designing Builderdude35’s awesome new introduction and logo!

 

Aug 17

How to Tell an EV3 Line Follower to Stop – Programming Loop Exits in EV3-G

So you’ve made an awesome EV3 line follower program that can follow the line smoothly and reliably, but there’s still one problem… how do you get your robot to stop line following when you want it to? In today’s EV3 programming tutorial, I will teach you how to use the EV3 color sensor to program loop exits for your EV3 line follower program. They allow your robot’s line following program to exit the loop and move on to the next part of your program when a certain condition is met. This is especially useful if you are using a line follower for your FLL robot.

My Patreon supporters for more than $5 for the month of July were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you very much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

Special thanks to my friend Preston Nichols for designing Builderdude35’s awesome new introduction and logo!

 

Aug 10

Proportional Line Follower for EV3 – Follow the Line Smoothly!

The proportional line follower is an essential staple in EV3 programming. It is the fundamental line following program to master for competitions such as FLL or WRO. A proportional line follower uses a single EV3 color sensor to watch the line and uses proportional logic to adjust the EV3 robot’s trajectory so that the robot follows the line smoothly. An EV3 proportional line follower program is actually quite simple to make. In this EV3 programming tutorial, I teach you how you can program your own EV3 line follower and I will walk you through all the steps necessary to program one. This proportional EV3 line follower program can even be adapted to use a HiTechnic Color Sensor V2 in place of the EV3 color sensor. In no time you will have your EV3 robot up and running and following the line smoothly!

My Patreon supporters for more than $5 for the month of July were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you very much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

Special thanks to my friend Preston Nichols for designing Builderdude35’s awesome new introduction and logo!

 

Aug 03

Why I Have So Many EV3 Programming Blocks – Will they Improve your FLL Robot?

Whenever I publish an EV3 programming tutorial, some observant viewers notice that my EV3 programming software has many additional sensor blocks, aside from the standard EV3 gyro sensor, color sensor, touch sensor, ultrasonic sensor, infrared sensor, etc.

So then, the questions I get asked often are, what version of the EV3 programming environment are you using, and will downloading these sensor blocks and using them with my FLL robot give me an edge in an FLL competition?

This week I’m releasing an EV3 programming tutorial that answers those frequent, yet important questions: where do I get the EV3 programming blocks from, why do I have them, what version of the EV3 programming software am I using and whether these additional sensor blocks will help you build a better FLL robot and give you an advantage in the FLL competition.

My Patreon supporters for more than $5 for the month of July were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you very much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

Special thanks to my friend Preston Nichols for designing Builderdude35’s awesome new introduction and logo!

 

Aug 02

I’m Back – Weekly Tutorials Resume Tomorrow!!!

Hey everyone! Builderdude35 is officially back with some new EV3 robotics tutorials starting this week! In celebration of 2017 FLL Hydro Dynamics, which will be announced later this month, most of my tutorials will focus on FLL robot designs, FLL robot programming, etc. Stay tuned for videos on proportional line following programs, PID line followers, line following loop exits, the best wheels for an FLL robot, tutorials on the FLL competition itself, and much more! Stay tuned to my channel, Builderdude35, every Thursday for more EV3 robotics tutorials.

My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 for the month of July were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you so much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

 

Jul 24

VRT Update 2017 – Awesome New Features!

The 2017 version of the VRT is now out, and it includes some great new features, including the 2016 FLL mat and 2017 WRO challenges!

The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is a robotics simulation software made by Cogmation robotics, and allows you to prototype an EV3/NXT creation without the need for a physical robot, offering a cost-effective alternative. If you are interested in learning more, check it out on the Cogmation website here: https://www.virtualroboticstoolkit.com/referrals/Kyle

My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 for the month of June were: Stephen Rozmiarek and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you so much!

My supporters on Patreon contribute additional funding that allow me to build up and improve this channel and to make more videos. If you would like to help, you can support me here: https://www.patreon.com/builderdude35

 

 

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