Tools / Materials

When I started designing the rover, I ran into a significant obstacle trying to find inexpensive tracks / treads. I had some success 3D printing ones with flexible filament but the total cost was too high.

That's when I stumbled into these... 'chain bracelets' from Oriental Trading. You can buy a dozen for less than ten dollars; which will make six rovers.

The pattern is slightly different on the inside and outside; rounded (left) and flat (right). The rounded side fits in the wheel / sprocket perfectly.
This guide builds on three others...

Introducing Trinket

Modifying Servos for Continuous Rotation

Trinket Servo Control


Ready? Here is a list of materials you will need.
For distance measurement, you can use a Parallax Ping))) Sensor, Grove Ultrasonic Ranger, or Maxbotix Ultrasonic Rangefinder.

Let's get fantastic with some plastic!
This guide was first published on Jan 02, 2014. It was last updated on Sep 20, 2018. This page (Tools / Materials) was last updated on Aug 15, 2018.